ST LOUIS (LALATE) – A 7.1 Mexico earthquake today July 7, 2014 has just hit. The terremoto en Mexico hoy, a Mexico temblor hoy registering a 7.1 magnitude, just hit Mazatan. It was close to Guatemala City. Damage assessment is pending.
A Mexico terremoto today 7/7/14 just hit off the coast of Mexico near Guatemala moments ago, LALATE can report. The quake began at 6:23 am local time. The quake was shallow. Reps tell news that the terremoto en Mexico hoy started only forty-seven miles below sea level. As a result the quake could be felt across the region.
USGS indicates to news that the quake was eleven miles west of Mazatan. It was twenty-five miles southwest of Huixtla. It was thirty miles south of Suchiate as well. USGS indicates that the temblor was also one hundred forty miles west of Guatemala City.
Reps tell news that “Along the western coast of Central America, the Cocos plate subducts towards the east beneath the Caribbean plate at the Middle America Trench. Convergence rates vary between 72-81 mm/yr, decreasing towards the north.” USGS also adds that “This subduction results in relatively high rates of seismicity and a chain of numerous active volcanoes; intermediate-focus earthquakes occur within the subducted Cocos plate to depths of nearly 300 km. Since 1900, there have been many moderately sized intermediate-depth earthquakes in this region, including the September 7, 1915 M7.4 El Salvador and the October 5, 1950 M7.8 Costa Rica events.”
In March 2012, a massive 7.6 magnitude Mexico earthquake struck Acapulco and sections of Guerrero, Mexico. The earthquake was centered close to Ometepec, Mexico. That quake was fifteen miles from Ometepec, Guerrero. The quake was twenty-six miles from Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca, officials confirmed 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.