Strong earthquake 122 km from Mexico City (DF) Mexico – only very minor damage reported so far

Last update: June 17, 2013 at 7:28 pm by By

Update June 17 :
- In Emiliano Zapata, Morelos light posts felled down. This is the city were a landslide damaged 10 homes.
- 25 people have been evacuated because of that landslide.
- In Cuernavaca the “Parres” hospital was damaged.
- In Mexico City a wall felled down in the Juarez district.


Update 16:47 UTC : 2 houses have been damaged in Puebla.

Image courtesy and copyright debate.com.mx

Image courtesy and copyright debate.com.mx – Damage in Morales

Damage overview so far at 09:35 UTC :
- Landslide in Tetipac -Taxco road, the road is closed and alternate routes are being used.
- Landslide in Iguala-Chilpancingo road.
- Landslide in Iguala-Cuernavaca road.
- In Morelos another landlide caused material damage in 10 homes without causing injuries.
- In the city of Jiutepec, Morelos 2 walls collapsed.
- The roof of a shopping mall called “Plaza Galerias” in Morelos was damaged.
- In Taxco the facade of the church Santa Prisca was damaged.
- Plastic ceiling felled in the municipal building “Sentimientos de la Nación” in Chilpancingo.
- In Iguala debris from 2 homes caused damage.

Update 09:15 UTC :
- A church was damaged in Taxco (Guerrero)
- 2 landslides are being reported by the Mexico quake, the first one in Mexico-Acapulco highway and the second one in the km 41 from Ixtla – Igualaen
- several cars crashed in the Puebla-Mexico highway due to the quake
- 2 images (courtesy and copyright eluniversal.com.mx/) showing some minor damage and people in the street not exactly knowing what happened and how serious it is.

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Image courtesy and copyright : eluniversal.com.mx

Update 08:21 UTC : Image of the seismograph at Cayaco. it shows at least no powerful aftershocks, the ones people are feeling must be minor. Cayaco is near Acapulco at the coast.

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Update 08:09 UTC : People in Mexico are mentioning feeling aftershocks

Update 07:54 UTC : Even at this late hour (after midnight in Mexico) we see still a lot of readers from Mexico reading our pages. Let’s call it a “lucky escape” earlier today. A little closer to the capital and 30 km shallower would have given a lot darker picture. A lesson to extract : BE PREPARED at all times. Earthquakes will strike from virtually nothing (we are at the pulse of earthquakes and know what we are talking about :) )

Update 07:03 UTC : Something went wrong with the Mexico Fast Alert system. It sounded only 15 minutes ago which is of course a long time after the earthquake.  It scared people but luckily nothing happened.  Fast Earthquake Alerts are of virtually NO use at all if the epicenter is close to the people using in them, in this case Mexico City.

Update 06:34 UTC : 2 walls collapsed in Cuernavaca, the landslide was very little one and the road has been cleaned.

Update 06:29 UTC : No damage to dams, the nuclear energy facility or government buildings.

Update 06:20 UTC : The Focal Mechanism of this earthquake shows 2 parts of a fault pulling out of each other (Normal faulting)

Image courtesy Jasha Polet @CPPgeophysics

Image courtesy Jasha Polet @CPPgeophysics

Update 06:12 UTC : SSN Mexico, the local seismological service reports now a Magnitude of M5.8 at a depth of 46 km. These are fairly good numbers. In other words this confirms the intermediate depth (weakening the shaking) and a decrease in Magnitude vs the earlier values (M6.0).

Update 06:09 UTC : It will be up to scientists to look for a relation in between the earlier Nicaragua earthquake and this Mexico earthquake.

Update 06:06 UTC : USGS pager gives a maximum MMI V shaking (moderate shaking). Let’s hope they are right. They do not expect any serious damage or injuries. The numbers are however striking. No less than 33 million people will have felt a light shaking. 542000 people a moderate shaking. At ER we use MMI VI as a minimum to generate serious damage. But data are still preliminary.

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Update 06:03 UTC : A lot of people evacuated bars, restaurants, etc when the earthquake happened but everything seems back to normal

Update 06:01 UTC : Our servers could not follow the traffic on the site and went down for at least 20 minutes, we apologize for that.

Update 06:01 UTC : One of our readers wrote that he had plaster coming from the wall

Update 05:59 UTC : a lot of police cars checking the city, also there are helicopters checking for damage

Update 05:57 UTC : Damage cannot be excluded. Mexico City is a soft soil environment (old lake). The depth of the earthquake is currently at 53 km which should be weakening the shaking.

 A strong earthquake struck in the greater Mexico City area. Power was off for some time butt came back gradually after a number of minutes.

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22km (14mi) W of Jolalpan, Mexico
31km (19mi) E of Huitzuco de los Figueroa, Mexico
34km (21mi) SSE of Jojutla de Juarez, Mexico
35km (22mi) SSE of Tlaquiltenango, Mexico
122km (76mi) S of Mexico City, Mexico

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Magnitude : 5.9

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-06-16 00:19:03

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-06-16 05:19:03

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 54 km

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Morelos, Mexico Jun 16 05:19 6.1 56 MAP I Felt It
  • TICUANTEPE - MY HOUSE WAS SHAKING
  • Baguio City - It lasted for about 50-60 seconds. I felt it at 1AM. Gentle wavy rolling feeling.
  • Mexico City - Woke me up, very strong
  • Cuernavaca, Morelos - Woke me up!
  • Mexico City - I was sleeping in my bed and all of sudden my mirror came down fom my door and dropped and everything moved...I liven the 3rd floor so it was strong....I heard my neighbors screaming and shouting.
  • Mexico City - Window rattling, strong shaking, not very long
  • mexico city - Strong shaking for about 15 secs.
  • mexico city - Strong...and seemed to last quite a while
  • México city Polanco - Strongest earthquake I've felt in years!!!
  • Huitzilac, Morelos - :
  • Estado de México - (Sacudida que nos desperto
  • mexico city - really surpised to see it was 6.0 I thought it would be around 7.5
  • Benito Juarez DF - Woke us up... Cell phone lines off
  • Zona Rosa - Felt aftershock. Building felt like it torqued just a little during shock.
  • Naucalpan - Strongest earthquake I felt in my life.
  • Jiutepec - Temblor fuerte en Jiutepec.
  • Mexico City - plaster fell
  • Coyoacan, DF - Felt like it lasted at least 40 seconds.
  • Zona Norte Cuernavaca - Se sintió trepidatorio
  • Cuernavaca, Morelos - I was making toast in the kitchen and I felt it first, saw it a second or two later (some things in my house were shaking), then heard it a few seconds later (windows and doors rattling). It seemed to stop for a few seconds, then came back much stronger.
  • Cuernavaca, Morelos - I was in the kitchen and I felt it first, saw it a second or two later (some things in my house were shaking), then heard it a few seconds later (windows and doors rattling). It seemed to stop for a few seconds, then came back much stronger.
  • mexico city - strong shaking, almost fell down, no damage
  • Narvarte - It was huge!
  • Mexico City - it was great. better than a roller coaster. what a ride!
  • Ixtapa - Fué sacudida rápida de 2 o 3 segundos, pero fuerte, no me lo esperaba la verdad me asustó
  • Ciudad de Mexico - On the 17th floor in downtown Mexico City. Strong enough to sway the building and have stuff sliding off the tabletop.
  • Tlahuac - Very strong, power went out
  • DF Narvarte - Trepitadorio al principio y después oscilatoiro pensé que se repetía el terremoto de 1985
  • DF Narvarte - Pense que se repetía el de 1985, al principio trepitadorio
  • en San Pedro Cholula, Puebla - Justo para entrar a la cama para dormir cuando de repente sentí un movimiento en el piso que me derrumbó sobre la cama, volteo a ver a mi esposo y hizo un gesto de mareo y le comenté que estaba temblando, bajamos despacio y salimos de la casa, los vecinos tienen perros todos estaban en un imparable ladrido, sentimos nerviosismo y seguimos despiertos no queremos ir a la cama, me parece fabuloso encontrar información tan pronto.
  • Mexico df - Muy fuerte y no creo quesea de 5.8 que no nos engañe el sismològico de Mèxico
  • cuernavaca - todo comenzo a moverse orrible
  • Toluca San Martin Toltepec - The bed moved very strong for probably 30 seconds.
  • Azcapotzalco Mexico City - I was sleep and local time around 12:50AM. Woke up came down from 7th floor. People were out side, dogs barking. A terrified environment....thanks Allah all was well no damage....
  • CIUDAD DE MEXICO - YO TRABAJO EN EL CENTRO HISTÓRICO DE LA CD. DE MEX. TRABAJO EN UN ANTRO EN EL SOTANO DE UN EDIFICIO Y SE SINTIO MUY PEROMUY FUERTISIMO NO SE SI POR LO PROFUNDO O POR QUE ES CIMIENTO DE EDIFICIO .. SALUDOS
  • Toluca San Martin Toltepec - The bed moved very strong for several seconds.
  • Santa Fe Mexico city - I have been in Mexico now for 8 months and this was the strongest quake I have seen. I live on the 9th floor of a 28 floor building. It seems to last a very long time the building was moving a lot and even after the quake was over the building continued to move. What was the numbers 6.5 or more?
  • Mexico City, Condesa - Felt very different to any earthquake I've felt before. Two very strong but short bursts of trepidatory shake, separated about half a minute from each other. The frequency of each oscillation was quite higher than usual.
  • Pachuca, Hgo. - estaba frente a la computadora y senti que la imagen del monitor se movia, pense que me habia mareado pero voltea a ver al techo y las lamparas se movian entonces me di cuenta que estaba temblando, no duro mucho pero si quede muy mareada
  • san miguel, d.f - Vacation in mexico. Heard window vibrating lighty. But thought it was the wind. Then i felt the house moving lightly swaying left to right. Its a two story house. Im near el puente de la virgen.. Scary..
  • DeeFe MEXICAN CITY GAM - Buena forma de comenzar la digestión después de una merecida cena ... ocasionó problemas estomacales del susto
  • Jiutepec, Morelos - All the house shaked violently, including windows and doors which were ratteling. It was very short though, about 15 seconds, and I was surprised it wasn't a magnitude of 6.8 or something stronger.
  • cd mexico - very hard
  • Centro Historico, D.F. - It rocked... the building
  • Mexico City - jumping earhquake.......I feel more than 5.8..... but may be was my personal interpretation.
  • mexico city 01900 - south mexico city near unam quite strong was it really only 58 richter scale
  • Mexico DF - Waah, j'ai cru qu'on me retournait le lit !!!
  • Distrito Federal MX - Muy fuerte
  • Mexico City center - I felt my bed jumping and thought there was someone jumping since I am in a hotel. I then felt the room moving swaying and noticed the hanging light swaying and people in the streets talking excitedly after evacuating a restaurant across the street. I felt a few small aftershocks.
  • Mexico City (reforma) - On the 18th floor of the Sheraton. The strong shaking woke me up--it went on for at least 10 minutes.
  • Mexico City - Centro - My building shakes if a truck drives by on the road outside. So the earthquake was felt very strongly. I am on the 5th floor - building was swaying so much I got dizzy. Scary.
  • Zona rosa - On a 10th floor hotel-room it felt strong. The building moved from side to side to point of making me trip. No serious damages except fallen plaster n a few cracks
  • Mexico City - On the 17 th floor of a hotel near Zona Rosa area and the building was swaying a lot felt very strong and lasted for about 15. - 20 seconds.
  • iztapalapa - Realmente me movieron la cama, mi hija de 7 años dormida en casa, fue un momento de angustioso, sime dejó muy inquieto, difícil volver a dormir...
  • Mexico - Bed moving and doors shaking
  • Mexico city - very bad
  • Taxco de Alarcon, Gro. Mx - Taxco has never experienced damage but we often feel earthquakes. Was very strong here last night.
  • Cuautla,morelos - pareciera como si tomaran la casa y la sacudieran se sintio muy fuete
  • Cuernavaca - Enough to wake me up and set off home alarm systems.
  • Mexico City - Felt significantly stronger than 5.8 Felt stronger than the April 2012 quake which was over 7
  • Autlán de Navarro - Barely noticed
  • Rivera Nayarit - 2:26 am marival residences and spa. Experienced 3-5 seconds of strong shaking. Live inland far from any fault lines so have never felt anthing other than violent winds shaking a home foundation. Shaking was strong enough to bring the heart rate up for a few minutes.
  • Mexico city - I was asleep and woke up. One little
  • Acolman - El temblor movió la cama despertándonos
  • distrito federal - pues estábamos viendo tv cuando interrumpió el programa la alerta sísmica, pero no entendíamos y fue entonces cuando se empezó a mover un adorno en la puerta y nos refugiamos en el marco e la puerta, si se sintió mucho mas intenso de la marca que registro el sismológico, y en lo personal también me ocasiono un gran susto......
  • Mexico City - I have just arrived to my house and saw some green & white bright lights in the sky and felt a strong shake and then it continued moderately. I was scared because of the bright sky and the dark surroundings because all power went out.
  • Mexico, DF, Coyoacan - Primero una patada leve en la cama luego una sacudida seguida de una patada muy fuerte en la cama, al intentar salir de la casa era difícil caminar en linea recta
  • Lerma de Toluco, Estado de Mexico - House shook strongly for 15 seconds
  • Cuernavaca - I was knocked out! I was so tired that my immediate reaction was to unplug my laptop (I thought it was a thunderstorm and wanted to prevent a power surge). It took me a few seconds (after my room stopped shaking) to realize that it was an earthquake. It was a quick one, though.
  • Nezahualcoyotl estado de mexico - Pues estava viendo ring tv en canal 9 tv mexicana y de repente en la tele empezo a sonar la alerta sismica y se me iso raro entonces tambien en mi ipad con la aplicacion urban360 sono segundos antes pocos pero con el chanse de salor a la calle y de repente una sacudida fuerte devido a la cercania del epicentro para mi que no fue de 5,8 fue como de 7,2 o algo asi pero so se sintio muy fuerte para esa magnitud declarada por el sismologico nacional mexicano gracias por si atencion espero no tener 1
  • GEOFON Guerrero, Mexico Jun 16 05:19 5.9 54 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Guerrero, Mexico Jun 16 05:19 5.8 53 MAP I Felt It


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    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
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    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
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    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
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    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
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    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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