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Strong Earthquake Strikes SSE of Mexico City

Posted by feww on September 19, 2017


M7.1 Earthquake Strikes 5km ENE of Raboso, Mexico –USGS

  • The quake violently shook high-rise buildings in the Mexico City megalopolis, sending tens of thousands of scared residents fleeing into the streets.
  • Unknown no. of buildings have collapsed; major structural damage reported in parts of the capital.
  • Large plumes of dusts were seen rising at various location throughout the city.
  • A powerful 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck Middle America Trench off the Mexican coast – centered about 600km SE of today’s event – on September 8, triggering a tsunami, killing about 100 people and causing major damage to the region.
  • Today’s event occurred on the anniversary of the 1985 Mexico City deadly earthquake that struck in the early morning of 19 September at 07:17:50 (CST), killing 5,000 – 45,000 people, injuring 30,000 others and causing  major damage to the Greater Mexico City. The event was centered at 18.35N, 102.39W, and was followed by two significant aftershocks.

Earthquake Details:

Magnitude: 7.1 mww
Location: 18.584°N, 98.399°W
Depth: 51.0 km
Time: 2017-09-19 18:14:39 (UTC)


  • 58 km SW of Puebla de Zaragoza, Mexico / pop: 1,591,000
  • 1 km S of Izúcar de Matamoros, Mexico / pop: 43,000

EQ Location Map. Source: USGS

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Estimated Fatalities: USGS 

Orange alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. Significant casualties and damage are likely and the disaster is potentially widespread. Past orange alerts have required a regional or national level response.” [Previous USGS fatality estimate for the M8.1 event on September 8 was wildly inaccurate.]

Estimated Economic Losses: USGS

“Estimated economic losses are less than 1% of GDP of Mexico.”

30 Day Significant Earthquakes Worldwide

5km ENE of Raboso, Mexico
2017-09-19 18:14:39 (UTC)
51.0 km

12km ENE of Albion, Illinois
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11.7 km

5km NW of Westwood, CA
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10.5 km

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12km SSE of Medford, Oklahoma
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6.1 km

Explosion 22km ENE of Sungjibaegam, North Korea
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0.0 km

15km E of Soda Springs, Idaho
2017-09-02 23:56:52 (UTC)
9.6 km

71km NE of Muara Siberut, Indonesia
2017-08-31 17:06:55 (UTC)
43.1 km

107km NE of Lorengau, Papua New Guinea
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8.1 km

29km ENE of Kuysinjaq, Iraq
2017-08-23 13:42:53 (UTC)
8.0 km


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