Last Updated: Friday, April 13, 2012

Two Strong Earthquakes Rock Oaxaca, Mexico Today

Disaster Report: M 5.7 strong earthquake rocks Oaxaca, Mexico today at 05:10 local time. The quake's epicenter was just 9 km (6 miles) SW from Pinotepa Nacional.

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Update 13:22 UTC
M 5.3 moderate earthquake again in Oaxaca, Mexico (@ 14 km depth) at 08:06 am local time with epicenter located just 6 km SSW from Pinotepa Nacional.

Ometepec, Guerrero is 61 km far from epicenter.


Earthquake tremor was felt as far as Mexcio City.

M 5.7 strong shallow earthquake rocks Oaxaca, Mexico at 05:10 am local time. According to preliminary report by USGS, earthquake's epicenter was located 9 km (6 miles) SW from Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Located atop three of the large tectonic plates, Mexico is one of the world's most seismologically active regions. The relative motion of these crustal plates causes frequent earthquakes and occasional volcanic eruptions.

The area west of the Gulf of California, including Mexico's Baja California Peninsula, is moving northwestward with the Pacific plate at about 95 mm per year.

Epicenter Location
9 km (6 miles) SW from Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca, Mexico
57 km (36 miles) SE from Ometepec, Guerrero, Mexico
119 km (74 miles) SSW from Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, Mexico
170 km (106 miles) WSW from Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
205 km (128 miles) ESE from Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico