2017 Chiapas earthquake

2017 Chiapas earthquake
2017 Intensity of the earthquake in Mexico (Chiapas).jpg
2017 Chiapas earthquake is located in Mesoamerica
2017 Chiapas earthquake
UTC time2017-09-08 04:49:19
ISC event611600536
Local date7 September 2017 (2017-09-07)
Local time23:49:21 CDT
Magnitude8.2 Mw[1]
Depth50.1 km (31.1 mi)
Epicenter15°04′05″N 93°42′54″W / 15°04′05″N 93°42′54″W / 15.068; -93.715
Typenormal fault
Areas affectedMexico, Guatemala[2]
Max. intensityIX (Violent)
Aftershocks3,831 [3]
Casualties98 dead, 300+ injured

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 Mw 8.2.[6]

The earthquake caused some buildings in Mexico City to tremble, prompting people to evacuate.[5] It also generated a tsunami with waves of 1.75 metres (5 ft 9 in) above tide level;[7] and tsunami alerts were issued for surrounding areas.[8] Mexico's president called it the strongest earthquake recorded in the country, in a century.[9] It was also the second strongest recorded in the country's history, behind the magnitude 8.6 earthquake in 1787,[10] and the most intense recorded globally in 2017.[11]

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).[12][13]

Other Languages
Bahasa Indonesia: Gempa bumi Chiapas 2017
Baso Minangkabau: Gampo bumi Chiapas 2017
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Chiapas zilzilasi (2017)
Simple English: 2017 Chiapas earthquake