1999 Tehuacán earthquake

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1999 Tehuacán Earthquake
1999 Tehuacán earthquake is located in Mexico
1999 Tehuacán earthquake
Date 15 June 1999 (1999-06-15)
Magnitude Mw 7.0
Depth 70 km
Epicenter 18°23′10″N 97°26′10″W / 18.386°N 97.436°W / 18.386; -97.436
Landslides Yes [1]
Casualties 14 [1]

The 1999 Tehuacán earthquake, or the 1999 Central Mexico earthquake, occurred on June 15 at 15:42 local time (20:42 UTC) near Tehuacán, Puebla, Mexico, close to the state of Oaxaca. The earthquake measured 7.0 on the moment magnitude scale.

Damage[edit]

Fourteen people were reported dead, and many historic buildings and monuments were damaged. 5,306 houses were destroyed, 15,688 partially damaged, and 9,682 slightly damaged.[2] Many houses collapsed in the state of Puebla, including parts of the Puebla City Hall.[1][3] The state of Puebla was declared a disaster area.[4]

Geology[edit]

The Cocos Plate is subducting beneath the North American Plate in the Middle America Trench. This earthquake was an inslab earthquake,[5] and the epicenter had some distance from the Middle American Trench. This temblor was the tenth earthquake since 1864 with magnitude larger than 6.5 and similar location of epicenter.[6]

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