Photo: State of Chiapas
A magnitude-5.7 earthquake rocked southern Mexico’s Chiapas state on Sunday, but there were no injuries or damage, the National Seismology Service said.
The temblor occurred at 7:22 a.m. and had its epicenter 97 kilometers (60 miles) southwest of Ciudad Hidalgo at a depth of 14 kilometers (8.7 miles).
“There were no incidents whatsoever” in terms of injuries or damage from the earthquake, which was only felt in the Soconusco region, emergency management office spokesmen told Efe.
The earthquake was felt in Guatemala’s Quetzaltenango and San Marcos provinces, the Guatemalan seismology institute said.
No injuries or damage were reported, Guatemalan emergency management officials said.
A magnitude-5.2 earthquake rocked southern Mexico last Tuesday, but no injuries or damage were reported.
The quake’s epicenter, which was located at a depth of 13.2 kilometers (8.2 miles), was 11 kilometers (6.8 miles) south-southeast of San Juan de Cacahuatepec, a town in Oaxaca state, and 24 kilometers (14.9 miles) north of Santiago Pinotepa Nacional, another town on the southern state’s Pacific coast, the U.S. Geological Survey, or USGS, said.
Mexico’s National Seismological Service confirmed the temblor on Twitter and estimated the magnitude at 5.62.
A magnitude-7.4 earthquake on March 20 killed two people in southern Mexico and was followed by dozens of strong aftershocks.
On April 2, a magnitude-6.0 earthquake rocked an area between the southern states of Guerrero and Oaxaca.
Mexico, one of the countries with the highest levels of seismic activity in the world, sits on the North American tectonic plate and is surrounded by three other plates in the Pacific: the Rivera microplate, at the mouth of the Gulf of California; the Pacific plate; and the Cocos plate.
That last tectonic plate stretches from Colima state south and has the potential to cause the most damage since it affects Mexico City, which has a population of 20 million and was constructed over what was once Lake Texcoco.
The magnitude-8.1 earthquake that hit Mexico City on Sept. 19, 1985, was the most destructive to ever hit Mexico, killing some 10,000 people, injuring more than 40,000 others and leaving 80,000 people homeless.
The most recent powerful quake to hit Mexico was a magnitude-7.6 temblor that rocked Colima on Jan. 21, 2003.