Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Magnitude 4.7 Earthquake in Guerrero State, southwest Mexico.

A Magnitude 4.7 Earthquake at a depth of 16.1 km occurred in Guerrero State, southwest Mexico, 15 km southeast of the city of Ometepec, slightly before 9.45 pm local time on Sunday 8 September 2013 (slightly before 4.45 am on Monday 9 September, GMT) according to the United States Geological Survey. There are no reports of any damage or injuries arising from this quake, though it may have been felt locally.

The approximate location of the 8 September 2013 Guerrero State Earthquakes. Google Maps.

Southern Mexico is located on the southernmost part of the North American Plate. To the south, along the Middle American Trench, which lies off the southern coast off Mexico, the Cocos Plate is being subducted under the North American Plate, passing under southern Mexico as it sinks into the Earth. This is not a smooth process, and the plates frequently stick together then break apart as the pressure builds up, causing Earthquakes on the process.

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