2017 Chiapas earthquake
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The 2017 Chiapas earthquake struck at 23:49 CDT on 7 September (local time; 04:49 on the 8th UTC) in the Gulf of Tehuantepec off the southern coast of Mexico, near state of Chiapas, approximately 87 kilometres (54 mi) southwest of Pijijiapan (alternately, 101 kilometres (63 mi) south-southwest of Tres Picos),[4] with a Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent).[5] The magnitude was estimated to be Mw8.2.[1]
2017 Chiapas earthquake
UTC time2017-09-08 04:49:19
ISC event611600536
Local date7 September 2017
Local time23:49:21 CDT
Magnitude8.2 Mw[1]
Depth50.1 km (31.1 mi)
Epicenter15.068°N 93.715°W
TypeDip-slip (normal)
Areas affectedMexico, Guatemala[2]
Max. intensity
IX (Violent)
Casualties98 dead, 300+ injured
The earthquake caused all of Mexico City to tremble, prompting people to evacuate after the early warning system was triggered.[5] It also generated a tsunami with waves 1.75 metres (5 ft 9 in) above tide level;[6] and tsunami alerts were issued for surrounding areas.[7] Mexico's president called it the strongest earthquake recorded in the country, in a century.[8] It was also the second strongest recorded in the country's history, behind the magnitude 8.6 earthquake in 1787,[9] and the largest recorded globally in 2017.[10]
Tectonic setting
The Gulf of Tehuantepec lies above the convergent boundary where the Cocos Plate is being subducted below the North American Plate at a rate of 6.4 cm/yr (2.5 in/yr).[11][12]
On 6 September, several earthquake alarms in Mexico City were mistakenly activated and this led to the evacuation of buildings. The incident prompted a review of the system.[13]
People outside a hotel in Mexico City a few minutes after the earthquake
According to the National Seismological Service (SSN) of Mexico, the epicenter was located in the Gulf of Tehuantepec, about 137 kilometres (85 mi) southeast of Tonalá, Chiapas.[14] The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported that the epicenter was about 87 kilometres (54 mi) southwest of Pijijiapan, Chiapas.[1] The hypocenter was about 45 kilometres (28 mi) underground, deeper than usual for a relatively new subduction zone.[15] The SSN reported a measurement of M 8.2,[14] while the USGS also reported a M 8.2 earthquake after correcting an earlier estimate of M 8.0.[1] The earthquake was a result of normal faulting within the Cocos Plate with a displacement of up to 10 metres (33 ft).[1][16] The entire thickness of the lithosphere of the Cocos Plate ruptured during the earthquake.[15]
The earthquake is the most powerful to be measured in Mexico since the 1985 Mexico City earthquake,[17][18] and is comparable to the 1932 Jalisco earthquakes.[19] Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto called the earthquake the "largest in at least a century" and claimed that it was felt by 50 million people.[8][20]
Geophysicists at the National Autonomous University of Mexico speculated that the earthquake relieved stored pressure in the "Tehuantepec gap", making future earthquakes in the region less likely.[21]
A tsunami with waves of 1 m (3.3 ft) and higher was generated by the earthquake and was recorded at Salina Cruz;[22] A tsunami wave of 1.75 m (5.7 ft) was reported in Chiapas.[6] The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for the entire Pacific coast of Central America, also extending south to Ecuador.[8][23]
In the hour following the earthquake, at least 12 aftershocks were recorded by the USGS.[24] As of 00:30 September 14 (UTC Time), the National Seismological Service (SSN) has recorded at least 1,806 aftershocks, of up to a magnitude of 6.1.[3]
2017 Chiapas earthquake and aftershocks
List of aftershocks recorded by USGS[25]
#CDT timeEpicenterNearby landmarksDepthMag.
Main7 September 2017 23:49:2115.068°N 93.715°W87 km (54 mi) southwest of Pijijiapan69.7 km (43.3 mi)8.1
18 September 2017 0:01:3815.867°N 94.088°W29 km (18 mi) southwest of Paredon35 km (21.7 mi)5.7
28 September 2017 0:17:4215.547°N 94.489°W75 km (47 mi) south-southeast of San Francisco del Mar41.3 km (25.7 mi)5.4
38 September 2017 0:24:4015.534°N 94.378°W77 km (48 mi) southwest of Paredon50.5 km (31.4 mi)5.2
48 September 2017 0:33:3815.345°N 94.272°W87 km (54 mi) south-southwest of Paredon35.0 km (21.7 mi)5.2
58 September 2017 0:57:0015.09°N 94.52°W137 km (85 mi) southwest of Tonalá21.0 km (13.0 mi)5.1
68 September 2017 1:08:4715.45°N 94.78°W92 km (57 mi) southeast of Salina Cruz10.0 km (6.2 mi)5.0
78 September 2017 2:38:3815.52°N 94.83°W83 km (52 mi) southeast of Salina Cruz50.0 km (31.1 mi)5.3
88 September 2017 2:59:5715.58°N 94.91°W73 km (45 mi) southeast of Salina Cruz50.0 km (31.1 mi)5.2
98 September 2017 3:34:3415.17°N 94.33°W130 km (81 mi) southwest of Tonalá16.0 km (9.9 mi)5.9
108 September 2017 6:25:5615.90°N 95.11°W32 km (20 mi) southeast of Salina Cruz59.0 km (36.7 mi)5.0
118 September 2017 6:43:0715.83°N 95.04°W42 km (26 mi) southeast of Salina Cruz59.0 km (36.7 mi)5.2
128 September 2017 9:24:5915.78°N 94.93°W94 km (58 mi) southwest of Arriaga16.0 km (9.9 mi)5.3
138 September 2017 9:45:0015.73°N 94.90°W60 km (37 mi) southeast of Salina Cruz97.0 km (60.3 mi)5.5
148 September 2017 12:02:5515.77°N 94.94°W54 km (34 mi) southeast of Salina Cruz71.0 km (44.1 mi)5.0
158 September 2017 13:24:1416.05°N 95.33°W20 km (12 mi) southwest of Salina Cruz75.0 km (46.6 mi)5.1
168 September 2017 13:57:2316.17°N 95.24°W6 km (3.7 mi) southwest of Salina Cruz65.0 km (40.4 mi)5.2
178 September 2017 21:32:0715.08°N 94.33°W127 km (79 mi) southwest of Tonalá20.0 km (12.4 mi)5.4
188 September 2017 22:08:1415.71°N 94.54°W87 km (54 mi) southeast of Salina Cruz16.0 km (9.9 mi)5.3
198 September 2017 23:54:4814.73°N 94.25°W154 km (96 mi) southwest of Pijijiapan20.0 km (12.4 mi)5.6
209 September 2017 0:22:1615.52°N 94.85°W82 km (51 mi) southeast of Salina Cruz16.0 km (9.9 mi)5.2
219 September 2017 1:24:2015.65°N 95.04°W61 km (38 mi) southeast of Salina Cruz17.0 km (10.6 mi)5.0
229 September 2017 7:17:4015.79°N 94.93°W52 km (32 mi) southeast of Salina Cruz55.0 km (34.2 mi)5.4
239 September 2017 10:30:0915.71°N 95.06°W54 km (34 mi) southeast of Salina Cruz26.0 km (16.2 mi)5.0
249 September 2017 15:26:1615.65°N 94.91°W66 km (41 mi) southeast of Salina Cruz32.0 km (19.9 mi)5.0
259 September 2017 22:07:2115.30°N 94.70°W111 km (69 mi) southeast of Salina Cruz15.0 km (9.3 mi)5.8
2610 September 2017 10:28:5015.21°N 94.57°W127 km (79 mi) southeast of Salina Cruz20.0 km (12.4 mi)5.0
2711 September 2017 9:55:5815.25°N 94.55°W124 km (77 mi) southeast of Salina Cruz16.0 km (9.9 mi)5.2
2811 September 2017 16:09:1315.05°N 94.24°W140 km (87 mi) southwest of Tonalá20.0 km (12.4 mi)5.2
2911 September 2017 20:12:3115.02°N 94.96°W126 km (78 mi) southwest of Tonalá34.0 km (21.1 mi)5.6
3012 September 2017 0:08:4515.01°N 93.98°W111 km (69 mi) southwest of Pijijiapan13.0 km (8.1 mi)5.3
3112 September 2017 4:20:0115.53°N 95.06°W73 km (45 mi) south of Salina Cruz16.0 km (9.9 mi)5.0
3212 September 2017 15:07:3015.37°N 94.80°W99 km (62 mi) southeast of Salina Cruz16.0 km (9.9 mi)5.0
Damage and aftermath
Damage to Juchitán de Zaragoza City Hall

City Hall in November 2006

City Hall on 8 September 2017
Within Chiapas, an estimated 1.5 million people were affected by the earthquake, with 41,000 homes damaged.[26][27] Jose Calzada, Minister of Agriculture, reported that at least 98 people had died in the earthquake, including 78 in Oaxaca, 16 in Chiapas and 4 in Tabasco. The Secretariat of the Interior declared a state of emergency for 122 municipalities in Chiapas,[28] and the Mexican Army was deployed to aid in disaster relief.[29] Schools were closed on 8 September in 11 states for safety inspections.[30] Damage in Veracruz was reported, meanwhile the state is expecting the arrival of Hurricane Katia on 9 September.[30] Hurricane Max made landfall in Guerrero state on 14 September, near the earthquake-stricken region.[31]
Buildings in Juchitán de Zaragoza, Oaxaca, closest to the epicenter, were "reduced to rubble" according to reports from the town's mayor.[32]
The earthquake also caused buildings to shake and sway in Mexico City, while also knocking out electricity for 1.8 million people.[26][30] There were reports of glass shattered at Mexico City International Airport.[33] An under construction highway bridge near Mexico City's new international airport collapsed due to the shaking.[34]
The epicenter was near Mexico's border with Guatemala, where the quake was felt in Guatemala City, and infrastructure damage was reported by CONRED in the nation's south-west.[2] President Jimmy Morales stated that one Guatemalan was killed.[35]
On 11 September, Mexico recalled its aid to the United States, offered in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, to focus on earthquake recovery.[36]
United States President Donald Trump called Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on 14 September, a week after the earthquake, to express his condolences. Trump's delayed call, which he blamed on cellular signal problems, was criticized by some media outlets in both countries.[37]
Three years after the earthquake, Governor Alejandro Murat reported that 60,000 homes have been rebuilt, but that many others still have not been. He reported that sixty health centers have been reconstructed, and in 2020 they plan to rebuild 2,000 schools.[38]
See also
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