5.6 M Quake hits Mexico’s southern coast – USGS

5.6 QUAKE HITS OFF SOUTHERN MEXICO’S PACIFIC COAST

An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale has struck off the coast of southern Mexico, 119 kilometers (73.9 miles) from Tres Picos. The quake had a depth of 21.7 kilometers, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

This catastrophe comes less than two weeks after Mexico was hit by a destructive 7.1 magnitude quake which killed at least 337 people. Early September, an 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck the country, killing at least 98 people and producing more than 5,400 aftershocks.

8.2-magnitude earthquake which happened on September 7 in southern Mexico caused more than 5,400 aftershocks, which are still continuing, TASS reported Thursday. Up to now, “5,402 aftershocks have been registered in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec,” according to the National Seismological Service.

On September 19, Mexico was hit by a destructive 7.1-magnitude earthquake. The death toll from that earthquake has risen to 343, with 204 of the deaths coming in the nation’s capital, AP quoted National Civil Defense chief Luis Felipe Puente as saying Thursday.

Mexico sits atop five tectonic plates, the movement of which making it one of the most seismically-active countries in the world.

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