Monday, April 2, 2012

UPDATE: Earthquake Hit Southern Mexico...Again

Quake hits Mexico, no major damage report

MEXICO CITY | Mon Apr 2, 2012 3:08pm EDT
(Reuters) - A strong earthquake struck southwest Mexico on Monday, shaking buildings as far away as the capital and prompting people to stream out of their offices onto the streets, though there were no reports of serious damage.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the tremor registered magnitude 6.3 and centered 175 km (108 miles) east south-east of the tourist resort of Acapulco, not far from where a much more powerful earthquake struck last month.
"It felt strong, but thank God nothing happened to us. Everyone went back (inside) but people are still paranoid about the other one, which felt much stronger," said 30-year-old Esteban Vite in Mexico City's Roma neighborhood.
"Thanks to the authorities, things are better built."
Marcelo Ebrard, the mayor of Mexico City, said there were no initial signs of damage, and telephones were still working. The city's underground metro was still operating, the mayor added.
The airport said one incoming flight was delayed for a few minutes as staff temporarily suspended operations to conduct a precautionary check of the runways. But operations were back to normal, a local official said.
"The magnitude isn't creating a problem for us," said Manuel Mondragon, head of public security in Mexico City, which was devastated by a 8.1 magnitude quake in 1985 that killed thousands of people.
Phone lines went down during the March 20 earthquake of 7.4 magnitude. That tremor unleashed panic in the capital and damaged hundreds of buildings in the states of Guerrero and neighboring Oaxaca in southwest Mexico.
Afterwards, local media said that two people died due to that quake, though many Mexicans expressed surprise that the impact was not more severe. Authorities said stricter building regulations had helped to make the sprawling metropolis more resistant to earthquakes, which are common in Mexico.
The latest quake was measured at a depth of 7.6 miles and located near the border of Guerrero and Oaxaca.
There were no initial reports of damage in Guerrero, a spokesman for local emergency services said.
In Oaxaca City, hotel receptionist Adriana Romero said locals had taken fright from the quake.
"We were scared because we're already a bit shaken up. But it didn't feel really strong," she said.
(Reporting by Cyntia BarreraMica RosenbergAdriana Barrera and Simon Gardner, writing by Dave Graham; editing by Christopher Wilson)

Earthquake hits southern Mexico

By the CNN Wire Staff
April 2, 2012 -- Updated 1853 GMT (0253 HKT)
The USGS describes Mexico as one of the most seismically active areas of the world.
The USGS describes Mexico as one of the most seismically active areas of the world

(CNN) -- A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 struck southern Mexico on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The quake's epicenter was about 17 miles (27 km) from Ometepec, Guerrero. It was about 7.6 miles (12 km) deep, the USGS said.
There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
Less than two weeks ago, a 7.4-magnitude quake struck in the same area, damaging hundreds of homes.
Residents felt Monday's quake in Mexico City, hundreds of miles from the epicenter. There were no initial reports of major damage in the capital, Mayor Marcelo Ebrard said on Twitter.
The USGS describes Mexico as one of the most seismically active areas of the world. The country sees an average of seven earthquakes daily with a magnitude greater than 3.0, according to Mexico's National Seismological Service.
CNN's Krupskaia Alis and Rafael Romo contributed to this report.

Magnitude 6.3 - OAXACA, MEXICO

2012 April 02 17:36:43 UTC

Earthquake Details

  • This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Location16.477°N, 98.287°W
Depth12.3 km (7.6 miles)
Distances158 km (98 miles) SSW of Huajuapan de Leon, Oaxaca, Mexico
174 km (108 miles) SE of Chilpancingo, Guerrero, Mexico
175 km (108 miles) ESE of Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico
338 km (210 miles) SSE of MEXICO CITY, D.F., Mexico
Location Uncertaintyhorizontal +/- 15 km (9.3 miles); depth +/- 7.7 km (4.8 miles)
ParametersNST=379, Nph=379, Dmin=329.5 km, Rmss=1.01 sec, Gp= 47°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=B
  • Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event IDusc0008ui2

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FASCINATING VIDEO OF THE QUAKE(S)... ---------------END UPDATE----------------------

Those who have been watching eagerly to find out where the next megaquake will happen know that the Earth's core is destabilizing and that the poles are moving.

By now you all probably also know that the USGS shows that there was a 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Mexico. There have been multiple aftershocks since.  However, INTELLICAST shows that there was also a 7.4 magnitude earthquake just a small distance from the 7.9 quake

Here is a snapshot of what has gone on to this point from the USGS.

I will update you via Twitter when more events happen, unless they are really significant like this one today. Here is a video showing live coverage of the earthquake. It was over 12 miles deep, so it didn't do as much damage as you might imagine that size of earthquake would do.

 Interestingly enough, there was a significant magnetic disturbance monitored in the Earth during that same time. From the following YouTube Poster:
Uploaded by dutchsinse on Mar 20, 2012 
This is a time to be alert and prepared for eventual sizable compensation movement as a result of this large central america earthquake ... already , we see the movement in south california (a series of 4.0M) and a 6.2M in the west pacific (indonesia). 
Be aware that further movement WILL OCCUR as a result of this Mexico earthquake. 
New Madrid Seismic Zone, Puerto Rico, South California, Central California, off the coast of Oregon, north to Vancouver Island BC... be prepared just in case ! 
Website post with links and the screenshots of these events:

 Obama's daughter spends spring break in Mexico 

Malia Obama.

Malia Obama.

Photograph by: Archive photo , Getty Images

OAXACA, Mexico - The elder daughter of U.S. President Barack Obama is spending her spring break in the historic Mexican city of Oaxaca in the company of 12 friends, a state police official said.

The young tourists, including 13-year-old Malia Ann Obama, are staying at a downtown hotel in this city famous for its colonial architecture and well-preserved native American traditions, the official said.
"We are here to block access to the hotel by other people and escort the vehicles that are carrying the visitors to tourism sites," the police official told AFP under the condition of anonymity.

Malia Obama and her friend are guarded by 25 U.S. Secret Service agents as well as Mexican police, the official noted.

The group, which arrived in Oaxaca Saturday, has already visited the architectural zone of Mitla and the tree of El Tule believed to have one thousand years.

The sightseeing plan also includes visits to Monte Alban known for its archeological research sites and Oaxaca’s famous artisan quarters.

The Associated Press reports that a "strong" earthquake has hit central southern Mexico, rocking Mexico City. The US Geological Survey recorded a 7.4-magnitude in Oaxaca, Mexico.
According to Reuters, Guerrero state governor Angel Aguirre said that about 500 houses were damaged in the quake.
"We're talking about more than 500 homes that collapsed, were damaged, and some came down," Aguirre reportedly told Milenio TV.
...U.S. President Barack Obama's oldest daughter, Malia, was reported and safe while on vacation with a school group in Oaxaca.

 NOTE: "The USGS initially reported the magnitude of the quake at 7.9, but later revised that figure downward. Mexican President Felipe Calderon said in a Twitter post it was 7.8." CNN
Other sources show that the 7.4 was separate from the 7.9.

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