Temblor: Mexico City Earthquake! See maps, video and damage reports below.

A strong 6.0 earthquake struck in the state of Guerrero Mexico about 150 miles from Mexico City on April 27th, 2009. The temblor was centered nearest the towns of Chilpancingo, Tixtla, and Chilapa, Guerrero Mexico. USGS estimates are that the earthquake measured 6.0 on the Richter scale which is enough to do significant damage in older structures. Tall buildings in the city were rocked alarmingly which sent panicked workers flooding downstairs into the streets.

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Mexico Earthquake Damage


A quake above 6.0 will do moderate damage and may do severe damage. This is almost the same strength as the famous 1989 California earthquake which collapsed a section of the Bay Bridge and devastated a freeway overhang.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake struck 19 miles south-southeast of Tixtla, Guerrero, which is about 150 miles south of the capital, Mexico City. It was 19 miles southeast of Chilpancingo, Guerrero, Mexico, and 22 miles south-southwest of Chilapa, Guerrero, Mexico. The nearest large city is Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico which is about 50 miles away. See full details here.

The “temblor” was 25.6 miles below the surface. Most of the damage will be around the epicenter in the state of Guerrero. There are no reports yet from the region, but expect damage in Tixtla, Chilpancingo, and Chilapa. In Mexico City itself, initial reports are no deaths but it is quite early.

Mexico City is a densely compacted urban area full of people. Most of them are indoors today because of the Swine flu scare. Although the modern buildings are seismically able to withstand strong earthquakes, the older buildings and homes are not. That is especially true in the older impoverished villages around the nation’s capitol.

Of course the damage will be nothing compared to the 1985 Mexico City earthquake which measured 8.1 on the Richter scale and killed over 10,000 people. The 2009 Mexico City earthquake is about the same strength as the 6.5 quake which struck Oaxaca Mexico in 2008. The Guerrero region has been struck over and over, most recently in 1989 and 1985.

We will have video reports and images of the damage as they become available below. So far no deaths or injuries have been reported, but expect that will change in the coming hours.

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Video – Earthquake in Mexico City