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Tuesday, March 20, 2012


***********************  ALERT  MESSAGE  ****************************

WARNING : These parameters are preliminary and subject to revision.
Location and magnitude estimations may be revised if necessary in
an INFORMATION message.

EARTHQUAKE on 20/03/2012 at 18:02 (UTC)
GUERRERO, MEXICO                       9 km NW Huanjintepec


Data provided by: BGSG GFZ  IMP  LED  MAD  NEIC SC3  ZAMG          

Latitude    =  16.68 N
Longitude   =  98.24 W
Origin Time =  18:02:49.6 (UTC)
Depth       =  20 Km
RMS         =   1.28 sec
Gap         =  80 degrees
95% confidence ellipse: - Semi major = 5.6 Km
                        - Semi minor = 3.4 Km
                        - Azimuth of major axis =  26 degrees

Number of data used = 428

Preliminary location computed on Tue Mar 20 18:25:30 2012 (UTC)
Done by J-P Santoire

Comments :

Message number: 1598

All magnitudes estimations :
Mw8.2 (BGSG)  M 7.7 (GFZ)   mb6.2 (LED)   mb7.7 (MAD)  
Mw7.6 (NEIC)  Mw7.9 (SC3)                              

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A magnitude 7.9 earthquake has struck Guerrero, Mexico at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the quake hit at 18:02:53 UTC Tuesday 20th March 2012
The epicenter was 52 km (32 miles) Northeast from Ometepec (population 17.801), Guerrero, Mexico
No Reports of Damage or Injuries at this time

More to follow....

Note: USGS has just downgraded the earthquake to a 7.6 Magnitude with a depth of 17.5 km

Reports from Mexico are putting this earthquake at a 6.5 Magnitude lasting as long as 5 Minutes - Thousands have been evacuated from buildings and homes.

Power outages have been reported in the City, first reports from authorities indicate no reports of casualties or visible damage.

Marcelo Ebrard, head of the Government of Mexico reported via twitter that he went in the air in a helicopter and can not see any visible damage at the moment.

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