Strong earthquake in Chihuahua, Mexico - Houses have been damaged.

Update 7:45 UTC:
12 homes have been damaged in Parral as a result of this quake and intense rains they had this week.

Update 6:57 UTC:
The quake was felt in at least 7 municipalities for around 10 seconds, it was felt as far away as Creel with damage reported as far as 100km from the epicenter.
-The closest dams weren't damaged by this quake, CONAGUA will keep a look on this dams for the next days.

Update  6:39 UTC:
-In Delicias (54km from the epicenter):
Clinic number 11 of Delicias was damaged in the floors 2nd and 3rd resulting in the evacuation of 70 people.
There are 2 houses  reported as damaged, one with a collapsed wall and the other with a collapsed roof.
-In Chihuahua, Chihuahua (100km from the epicenter) people are reporting cracks on their houses and sidewalks.
-In Parral (100km from the epicenter) 3 landslides occurred as a result of this quake combined with the heavy rains.

Update 15:52 UTC:
Residents reported some damage like cracked walls to local fire department. Official investigations are still running. Important roads and dams were not damaged.
Many people are now asking for the reason of this increased seismicity. Authorities planning explorations to find it. Heavy rainfall in the last weeks, also caused by hurricanes Manuel and Ingrid, is the most probable reason.

This quake is the strongest of a series of quake, hitting Southern Chihuahua in recent weeks. It was felt as far as Chihuahua City. A smaller aftershock with Magnitude 4.8 followed some minutes later.
2 of the earlier quakes in Chihuahua caused damage, more damage is expected by this quake.
It is one of the strongest quakes hitting Chihuahua in the last decades.

Nearby Cities
29km (18mi) WSW of Naica, Mexico
53km (33mi) SW of Ciudad Delicias, Mexico
54km (34mi) WSW of Saucillo, Mexico
61km (38mi) WNW of Ciudad Camargo, Mexico
828km (514mi) WSW of Austin, Texas

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.3

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-09-21 06:16:15

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-09-21 12:16:15

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 10 km

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEOFON Chihuahua, Mexico Sep 21 12:42 5.2 10 MAP I Felt It
  • cuauhtemoc chihuahua - fue algo muy feo me desperto
  • cd cuauhtemoc chihuahua - me desperto y vi como se movia el televisor y las puertas de mi closet
  • cuauhtemoc chih - horrible me asuste
  • EMSC Chihuahua, Mexico Sep 21 12:42 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Naica, Mexico Sep 21 12:42 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Chihuahua, Mexico Sep 21 12:16 5.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Chihuahua - I start hearing that the tv was moving...and it was scary... i wake my husband to tell him that the tv was moving and doing noises... he didn't believe me.. so i start t look in internet if it could possible happen in chihuahua... and my surprise was that is no the first time....
  • Parral, Chihuahua - I hear it, no shaking, just a high frecuency.
  • Chihuahua, chihuahua - It woke me up
  • Chihuahua - En esile momento no pense que estuviera temblando
  • Chiuhuhua,Chu - A tremor shook the house and woke up the family not sure were it came from
  • Chuihuahua, Chuihuahua Mexico - I heard a rumbling noise then felt the bed shake for like 3 seconds then it stoped
  • Chihuahua - Woke up and felt the bed shaking...thought i was still dreaming, but it was little shake first one in my life. cool stuff
  • Chuihuahua, Chuihuahua Mexico - 6:15 am and 6:42 am weak shaking in Chihuahua, Mexico
  • Chihuahua City - Buildings shook lightly twice (at 616am and 642am local time). Tremors are smaller than the ones I experienced at home ( Taiwan )
  • Chihuahua, Chih. - Felt how the floor moved underneath me, hear some creaking noises.
  • Chihuahua - I was getting ready to leave when i listened my window shaking
  • Chihuahua, Chihuahua - Slight shaking. Those awake felt it. Of the sleeping it woke one, but left the others asleep.
  • Chihuahua, Mexico - side to side movements
  • Chihuahua City - Enough to wake up and move some furniture like beds and large tables
  • Chihuahua - It was trepidatory but it came in waves
  • Chihuahua - I was sleeping when some shaking woke me up. It lasted some seconds. The clock was minutes after 6:00 a. Some forty minutes later another similar shaking, was felt for less than ten seconds.
  • Saucillo - Movimiento de objetos en repisas, fractura de paredes en construcciones precarias, pánico en algunas personas
  • Parral - It was horrible waking up to an earthquake. . . i couldn't believe it i was in shock when it happened i didn't move at all from the bed until after it finished. Ive been scared all day i haven't gotten out of bed i feel like if i move from here something could happen. I'm paranoid D:
  • CD. Juarez - I did not feel it, but the wall got crack and part of the ceiling was damage.
  • Chihuahua - Second story apartment, windows clacking and bed like if someone was moving it to waking us up.
  • delicias chihuauha - its been at leas 4 times in 2 weeks very short ones but very strong ones .. sure very rare in an area thats not known to have this events
  • GEOFON Chihuahua, Mexico Sep 21 12:16 5.3 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Naica, Mexico Sep 21 12:16 5.3 10 MAP I Felt It


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    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
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    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
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    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
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    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    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.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    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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