LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – A Mexico earthquake today has struck Acapulco. The Acapulco, Mexico terremoto hoy, March 20, 2012, registered one of the largest temblors for Mexico in recent memory. Local officials have yet to detail damage to news.
Roughly twenty minutes ago, a massive 7.6 magnitude Mexico earthquake struck Acapulco and sections of Guerrero, Mexico. The earthquake was centered close to Ometepec, Mexico. USGS reports to news that the terremoto was not centered out to sea. Rather, the quake had a nominal depth. As result, it was felt across a wide cross section of the region.
USGS reports to news that the quake was centered only ten miles below the earth’s surface. The quake was strongest felt in the Oaxaca and Guerrero regions today.
Local news is reporting the quake was fifteen miles from Ometepec, Guerrero. The quake was twenty-six miles from Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca, officials confirm to news. The temblor was fifty-four miles from Tlaxiaco and one hundred miles from the town of Oaxaca. The quake, however, was only one hundred fifteen miles from Acapulco.
Today’s quake is centered close to the December 10, 2011 quake. That quake registered a 6.8 magnitude at the time. The December quake was twenty-seven miles south of Teloloapan, twenty-eight miles northwest of Zumpango.
The December temblor was seventy-eight miles north of Acapulco and less than thirty miles from Iguala. The quake was also located south of Mexico City, Toluca and Cuautla, south east of San Juan de Rio.
USGS has yet to indicate if this is the strongest quake to strike the country since 2010. A 6.5 earthquake struck shortly after 8 am local time on April 7, 2011. That quake was roughly fifty miles south of Coatzacoalcos, seventy miles north west of Chiapas, and eighty miles west of Tabasco. The April earthquake was less than four hundred miles from Mexico City.
February 2011 Mexico Earthquake Maps
In February, 2011 the country was struck by a 5.7 quake also in Veracruz. In October, 2010, the country was rocked by similar magnitude quakes, but centered up in Baja California. Those quake registered a 6.9 and were outside Los Mochis and 90 miles east of Las Paz.