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Moderate mag. 5.4 earthquake - 9.3 km north of Acaxtlahuacan de Albino Zertuche, Puebla, Mexico, on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 22:30 GMT

Moderate mag. 5.4 earthquake - 9.3 km north of Acaxtlahuacan de Albino Zertuche, Puebla, Mexico, on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 22:30 GMT Moderate mag. 5.4 earthquake - 9.3 km north of Acaxtlahuacan de Albino Zertuche, Puebla, Mexico, on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 22:30 GMT

Moderate magnitude 5.4 earthquake at 53 km depth

20 Mar 22:37 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 65.0 to 53.0 km.

Earthquake details

Date & timeMar 20, 2015 22:30:08 UTC
Local time at epicenter
Depth53.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude18.1°N / 98.55°W (Puebla, Mexico)
Antipode18.1°S / 81.45°E
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt24 reports
Primary data sourceGFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Nearest volcanoPopocatépetl (102 km / 63 mi)
Nearby towns and cities23 km (14 mi) SSE of Ciudad de Chiautla de Tapia (Chiautla de Tapia) (pop: 10,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
50 km (31 mi) SSE of Axochiapan (Morelos) (pop: 17,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
54 km (34 mi) WSW of Acatlan de Osorio (Acatlán de Osorio) (pop: 16,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
57 km (35 mi) S of Matamoros (pop: 42,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
62 km (38 mi) N of Tlapa de Comonfort (Tlapa, Guerrero) (pop: 47,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
89 km (55 mi) SSE of Cuautla (Morelos) (pop: 154,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
91 km (56 mi) S of Atlixco (pop: 86,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
111 km (69 mi) SSW of Puebla de Zaragoza (pop: 1,434,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
150 km (93 mi) SSE of Iztapalapa (Ciudad de México) (pop: 1,815,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
160 km (99 mi) SSE of Mexico (Ciudad de México) (pop: 12,294,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released7.9 x 1012 joules (2.21 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1898 tons of TNT or 0.1 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
5.453 kmCentral MexicoGFZ
5.461 km37 km al SUR de CHIAUTLA DE TAPIA, PUESSN
5.352 km9km WNW of Tulcingo del Valle, MexicoUSGS


Seismic station: Tepich, Yucatan, Mexico (TEIG/IU network) | Distance from quake: 1104 km / 686 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Tepich, Yucatan, Mexico: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake (29)

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Mexico City airport hotel / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Had just checked into hotel. Sat on my bed (3rd floor). The quake was a rolling one. It felt like being rocked back and forth for about 10-15 seconds.   
Mexico City, Sam Jeromimo / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Brief definitive shaking felt for about 7 seconds quickly followed by a milder aftershock  
Puebla / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Cuernvaca / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Mexico City / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Mexico City, Coyoacan / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Yautepec / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
mexico city / Very strong shaking (MMI VII)
Mexico City / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Saw a pipe alongside the building shaking for less than a minute.  
mexico city / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Mexico City / Very strong shaking (MMI VII)
Mexico City / Very strong shaking (MMI VII)
Acatlipa, Temixco, Morelos, Mexico (107.1 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Tlalnepantla, Edo. de Mexico / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Teocelo, Veracruz 91615 / not felt : I thought I was dizzy until I saw a light swaying. It was exactly 4:31 pm local time. It was a very gentle rocking.   
Mexico city / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Alpoyeca ,Guerrero / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
Mexico, DF / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Mexico, Federal District, Polanco Area / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : It was definitely felt, but duration was short... just about 10 secs  
Mexico City / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) : Shook for about 2mins  
Tlaxcala, Tlaxcala / Light shaking (MMI IV)
San Andres Cholula / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Mexico City / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
El Batan/Texcoco / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
El Batan/Texcoco / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Huixquilucan (Mexico, 164 km NW of epicenter) : A minimal pre shock rapid tremor for about 5 seconds followed immediately by a rocking motion with sway 10-15 degrees left and right, lasting about 20 seconds or so. No Damage. Have 2 cats that looked up, but did not run away or show signs of distress. (reported through EMSC)  
Tlapa de Comonfort (Mexico, 64 km S of epicenter) : It both began and terminated quite abruptly. The ground moved laterally, with oscillations of about one half second. The effects here were felt less than 15 seconds. (reported through EMSC)  
Ciudad de México (Mexico, 156 km NW of epicenter) : Strong but brief, Ar Bauti (reported through EMSC)  
San Juan Totolac (Mexico, 118 km N of epicenter) : It wa (reported through EMSC)  
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (6 quakes)

Date and timeMag
May 13, 2015 17:36
8 years ago

8 km
2 km SE of Tlanipatla, Guerrero, MexicoMore
Mar 29, 2015 10:47
8 years ago

51 km
2.3 km E of Guadalupe Tulcingo, Puebla, MexicoMore
Mar 28, 2015 18:22
8 years ago

53 km
5.5 km NE of Xixingo de los Reyes, Tulcingo, Puebla, MexicoMore
Mar 23, 2015 14:40
8 years ago

52 km
3.2 km N of Toltecamila, Ixcamilpa de Guerrero, Puebla, MexicoMore
Mar 22, 2015 16:07
8 years ago

55 km
2.8 km NE of Toltecamila, Ixcamilpa de Guerrero, Puebla, MexicoMore
Mar 20, 2015 23:47
8 years ago

53 km
2.8 km NE of Toltecamila, Ixcamilpa de Guerrero, Puebla, MexicoMore

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