Skip to comments.Earthquake shakes Mexico City
Posted on 04/18/2014 7:55:25 AM PDT by illiac
MEXICO CITY (AP) A seemingly strong earthquake is shaking Mexico's capital.
There is no immediate word of damage or casualties and seismologists have not yet issued a calculation of its power or epicenter.
Mexico City is vulnerable even to distant earthquakes because much of it sits atop the muddy sediments of drained lake beds that quiver as quake waves hit.
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USGS says 7.5. That’s gonna be bad.
That’s cuz the 1st wookie is still burping.
It’s actually centered on the coast, closer to Acapulco than to Mexico City.
DF is built almost entirely on fill.
30 miles deep. Probably not a serious problem but large quakes have been moving north in the last year.
The cardboard and tar paper covered shacks will probably hold up better than the buildings.
It is bad. Anything above a 6 has to be.
Prayers for all those in the wake.
If that earthquake was 10 to 20 km (6.2 to 12.4 miles) beneath the ground, the damage could be enormous. But being 30 miles down, the damage may be not so significant.
37km (23mi) N of Tecpan de Galeana, Mexico
53km (33mi) NW of Atoyac de Alvarez, Mexico
56km (35mi) E of Petatlan, Mexico
81km (50mi) S of Ciudad Altamirano, Mexico
265km (165mi) SW of Mexico City, Mexico
WEHW42 PHEB 181440
TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT NUMBER 1
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
440 AM HST FRI APR 18 2014
TO - CIVIL DEFENSE IN THE STATE OF HAWAII
SUBJECT - TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT
THIS STATEMENT IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY. NO ACTION REQUIRED.
AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS
ORIGIN TIME - 0427 AM HST 18 APR 2014
COORDINATES - 17.6 NORTH 100.9 WEST
LOCATION - NEAR THE COAST OF GUERRERO MEXICO
MAGNITUDE - 7.4 MOMENT
BASED ON ALL AVAILABLE DATA A DESTRUCTIVE PACIFIC-WIDE TSUNAMI IS
NOT EXPECTED AND THERE IS NO TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII. REPEAT. A
DESTRUCTIVE PACIFIC-WIDE TSUNAMI IS NOT EXPECTED AND THERE IS NO
TSUNAMI THREAT TO HAWAII.
THIS WILL BE THE ONLY STATEMENT ISSUED FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS
ADDITIONAL DATA ARE RECEIVED.
Whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on.
Sure seems that way lately....
You would think that after the 86 quake, they would have beefed up their buildig codes.
We had an earthquake while in Mexico. Husband like so lied...told me it was construction at the base of the mountain.
Actually I feel a bit bad for that quip if this thing is a 7.5, this is no joking matter.