Earthquakes shake in Mexico, offshore of Oregon, and Alaska

Mexico Earthquake Response Map -

(Best Syndication News) - Today was an unusually active day for sizeable earthquakes over the 5.0 magnitude rating. Besides the Indonesian earthquake with numerous aftershocks, there also was a 6.5 magnitude earthquake near Michoacán, Mexico, a 5.9 magnitude tremor off the Oregon coast, and a 5.5 magnitude quake at the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).


A 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake in Mexico was downgraded to 6.5 rating later by the USGS government agency. The location of the center of the event was 18.272°N, 102.732°W. The earthquake was only 38 miles from the city of Las Guacamayas, 39 miles from the city of La Orilla, and 41 miles from the city of La Mira. The popular vacation city of Acapulco was 210 miles away from the earthquake’s epicenter. Residents as far as Mexico City reported feeling the earthquake. There was only some light damage reported to the USGS.


The 5.9 magnitude earthquake shook off the coast of Oregon today at 01:41:47 PM local time to the event. The USGS survey reported that the nearest cities were Coos Bay Oregon, about 168 miles east of the epicenter, and Newport, Oregon, which was 188 miles away. Residents in these areas reported that they felt the tremor as weak to light with no damage reported.

On February 14, 2012, there was a 6.0 magnitude earthquake that shook offshore in almost the same area. The San Andreas fault line map, shown below, demonstrates how the faults are located offshore of the state.


Alaska has plenty of earthquakes, so it isn't that unusual to see an earthquake here. Today, there was a 5.5 magnitude earthquake on the Andreanof Islands, of the Aleutian Island chain in Alaska. The earthquake happened in at 12:00:13 AM at epicenter.

By: N Wilson

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San Andreas Fault and North American Map/b



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