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Strong Earthquake Strikes Mexico

Update at 4:00 p.m. ET: The USGS has revised the magnitude down to 7.4.

An earthquake today struck Oaxaca, Mexico. The preliminary magnitude was 7.6, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Details from the USGS:


Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 18:02:48 UTC

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 12:02:48 PM at epicenter

Location: 16.662°N, 98.188°W

Depth: 17.5 km (10.9 miles)

Distances from epicenter:

25 km (15 miles) E (95°) from Ometepec, Guerrero, Mexico

42 km (26 miles) NNW (335°) from Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca, Mexico

87 km (54 miles) SW (219°) from Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, Mexico

162 km (101 miles) WSW (255°) from Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico

186 km (115 miles) E (96°) from Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico

This page will be updated if the event proves significant.

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