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

Moderate mag. 5.4 earthquake  - Xicotlan, 9.3 km north of Acaxtlahuacan de Albino Zertuche, Puebla, Mexico, on Friday, 20 March 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.
Date & time: 20 Mar 2015 22:30:08 UTC
Magnitude: 5.4
Depth: 53.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 18.1°N / 98.55°W (Xicotlan, Puebla, Mexico)
Nearest volcano: Popocatépetl (102 km / 63 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
9 km (6 mi) N of Acaxtlahuacan de Albino Zertuche (pop: 1,710) --> See nearby quakes!
13 km (8 mi) WNW of Tulcingo de Valle (pop: 5,250) --> See nearby quakes!
23 km (14 mi) SSE of Chiautla de Tapia (pop: 11,500) --> See nearby quakes!
50 km (31 mi) SSE of Axochiapan (Morelos) (pop: 17,500) --> See nearby quakes!
54 km (34 mi) WSW of Acatlan de Osorio (Acatlán de Osorio) (pop: 16,300) --> See nearby quakes!
57 km (35 mi) S of Izucar de Matamoros (pop: 42,900) --> See nearby quakes!
62 km (38 mi) N of Tlapa de Comonfort (Tlapa, Guerrero) (pop: 47,000) --> See nearby quakes!
91 km (56 mi) S of Atlixco (pop: 86,700) --> See nearby quakes!
150 km (93 mi) SSE of Ixtapalapa (Mexico City) (pop: 1,815,800) --> See nearby quakes!
160 km (99 mi) SSE of Mexiko (Mexico City) (pop: 12,294,200) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 7.9 x 1012 joules (2.21 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1898 tons of TNT or 0.1 atomic bombs!) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 5.453 kmCentral MexicoGFZ
M 5.356 km PUEBLA, MEXICOEMSC
M 5.461 km37 km al SUR de CHIAUTLA DE TAPIA, PUESSN
M 5.352 km9km WNW of Tulcingo del Valle, MexicoUSGS

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 was in two waves, the first making me feel as if I were being swung from side to side while laying of the floor. I got a little dizzy and my tummy felt swirly. Then a brief rest and another weak but unmistakable shaking in the same manner. And that was all. (reported through EMSC)
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Aftershocks of the 5.4 quake Xicotlan, 9.3 km north of Acaxtlahuacan de Albino Zertuche, Puebla, Mexico, 20 March 2015 22:30 GMT

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (6 quakes):
  • 13 May 2015 17:36 UTC
    | M 3.5 |
    8 km (5 mi) depth
    |
    23 km (15 mi) distance
    | SSN | Details
  • 29 Mar 2015 10:47 UTC
    | M 3.5 |
    51 km (31.7 mi) depth
    |
    21 km (13 mi) distance
    | SSN | Details
  • 28 Mar 2015 18:22 UTC
    | M 3.4 |
    53 km (32.9 mi) depth
    |
    27 km (17 mi) distance
    | SSN | Details
  • 23 Mar 2015 14:40 UTC
    | M 3.6 |
    52 km (32.3 mi) depth
    |
    14 km (9 mi) distance
    | SSN | Details
  • 22 Mar 2015 16:07 UTC
    | M 3.4 |
    55 km (34.2 mi) depth
    |
    14 km (9 mi) distance
    | SSN | Details
  • 20 Mar 2015 23:47 UTC
    | M 3.9 |
    53 km (32.9 mi) depth
    |
    14 km (9 mi) distance
    | SSN | Details

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