Yesterday’s Tremors

Though we were unaware of it yesterday, the earthquake tremors I wrote about yesterday (“El Temblor“) were the result of a strong earthquake that struck the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, just across the border from Guatemala.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake measured 6.7 in magnitude and struck just offshore in the Pacific Ocean, about 100 miles from here.

Here’s the AP report:

Strong earthquake hits southern Mexico

Associated Press

A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit the southern Mexican state of Chiapas on Thursday afternoon, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The quake struck about 20 kilometres from the city of Suchiate, on the Guatemalan border, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Officials said the quake hit at 1:41 p.m. local time and was felt in Guatemala City, 200 kilometres to the south, where residents ran from homes and buildings.

Emergency officials in Mexico and Guatemala said they received no immediate reports of damage or injuries, although they were still investigating.

Telephone communication was spotty, likely because so many people immediately called to check on relatives.

“I’m really worried because I haven’t been able to call my family,” said Juan Carlos Calderon, a resident in Tuxtla Gutierrez, the Chiapas state capital. “I’m afraid because the building where I live is four storeys high and very old.”


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