Dangerous deep very strong earthquake on the Mexico-Guatemala border - February 1, 2019

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Update 16:35 UTC:  Shaking map with possible related damage from the natural disaster specialists at CATnews (Risklayer - CEDIM), Karlsruhe, Germany. Map generated by Andreas Schäfer.

Update 16:01 UTC:  People left their offices and remain on the streets out of fear for aftershocks

Update 15:59 UTC:  Some landslides and rockfall reported by Conred Guatemala

Update 15:51 UTC:  Broken glass in windows in Tapachula, close to the epicenter

Update 15:44 UTC:  USGS shaking map

Update 15:43 UTC:  Shaking impact on nearby cities and villages and on the population in MMI (Modified Mercalli scaled). 

Update 15:38 UTC:  En Tapachula, Chiapas, se sintió algo interesante, pero sin registrar daños en muros de viviendas del Fraccionamiento Universitario y Procasa

Update 15:33 UTC:  This earthquake will normally NOT generate Tsunami waves as the Magnitude is not powerful enough (besides a couple of exceptions, the Magnitude needs to be at least M7 of higher). Strong currents along nearby shores are always a possibility and people should be cautious about them.

Update 15:31 UTC:  Due to the depth of the hypocenter (breaking point) the earthquake must have been felt in a wide radius in Central America, luckily only as light to weak shaking

Update 15:31 UTC:  We mainly get moderate to strong shaking from our readers

Update 15:28 UTC:  Based on the present earthquake parameters (Magnitude, Depth, Population, etc) and our experience with earthquake damage impact, earthquake-report.com calls this earthquake extremely dangerous and expects injuries and some damage

Congregación Reforma, Chiapas, Mexico, 2.7 km (1.7 mi) NWPopulation: 1132
Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico, 16.2 km (10.1 mi) NNEPopulation: 197961
Ciudad Tecún Umán, San Marcos, Guatemala, 19.4 km (12.1 mi) ESEPopulation: 11432
Brisas Barra de Suchiate, Chiapas, Mexico, 26.3 km (16.4 mi) SSEPopulation: 13743
San Marcos, San Marcos, Guatemala, 58.6 km (36.4 mi) ENEPopulation: 25088

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.5

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2019-02-01 16:14:09

Depth (Hypocenter) : 72 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Offshore Chiapas, Mexico Feb 01 22:42 4.3 80 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Santa Cruz la Laguna - Lasted about 30-45 seconds — just enough time for the confusion to subside and realize that it was an earthquake. I was in a treehouse cabin and it definitely swayed quite a bit. Alarms in the distance also went off.
  • EMSC Offshore Chiapas, Mexico Feb 01 18:44 4.3 77 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Chiapas, Mexico Feb 01 18:01 4.2 89 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Offshore Chiapas, Mexico Feb 01 16:59 4.5 68 MAP I Felt It INFO
    PTWC Feb 01 16:21 6.5 0 MAP
    USGS Puerto Madero, Mexico Feb 01 16:14 6.6 67 MAP
    GEOFON Mexico-guatemala Border Region Feb 01 16:14 6.5 72 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Oaxaca - Light shaking
  • Guatemala City - Probably lasted for at least 60 seconds. Entire apartment shaking (I’m on the 7th floor). No damage to my understanding.
  • panajachel, guatemala - Lasted a considerable time. Heavy shaking of furniture, lamps, etc. No apparent damage.
  • Guatemala City - Very strong shaking
  • Panajachel - Light shaking
  • Belize City - Light shaking
  • Guatemala - More than 20 seconds long, no property damage
  • Belize City - Light shaking
  • Guatemala City - 15-20 seconds shaking. No property damage
  • San Marcos La Laguna - the shaking lasted about 5-10 seconds
  • Quetzaltenango - Lasted approx 10-15 seconds. No property damage nearby.
  • Panajachel - Started very mild but increased as the time went on. Rattled our gate, and felt a large bump at one point. Seemed like it lasted a long time. All dogs in the area were barking . Slowly subsided. No apparent damage.
  • Puerto Madero, Chiapas - it lasted for several seconds felt longer, it was a strong shaking. I could see my roof shaking. I am by the Guatemala border on the Mexico side near Tapachula aprox at 10:20am
  • Antigua - No apparent damage. Strong shaking for long time
  • Santa Cruz la laguna - At least 30 seconds ..one painting fell off the wall and broke.
  • Quetzaltenango - Very strong shaking
  • Tecpán - Between 30 sec and 60 sec of shaking. Not strong enough to raise serious concern, but decided to leave building after waiting inside for about 35 seconds.
  • suchiapa chiapas - Just shook very strong about 2 minutes but we good Thank God
  • Kendal - Very weak shaking
  • capital city - I was on a 17 floor, was very strong, there was no need to be evacuated/
  • San marcos - Was in a cafe , as it happened walls windows were vibrating and went outside , and seen small pieces of cement falling off the building and ran across the street in townhall park ... lots of people were of a stress mode and crying ... the quake lasted around 30 seconds ...
  • Panajachel - Het duurde een seconde of 4 . Geen schade aan persoonlijke eigendommen.

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    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.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    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.
    Structures :
    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.
    Fittings :
    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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