List of earthquakes in Mexico

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This is a partial list of earthquakes in Mexico. This list considers every notable earthquake felt or with its epicenter within Mexico's current borders and maritime areas.

  • Details are approximate for old events.
  • Magnitudes are measured in the Moment magnitude scale unless otherwise specified and highlighted in red for those greater than or equal to 6 and orange for those less than 6.
  • Intensity is measured in the Mercalli intensity scale.
  • Hypocenter depth is given in kilometres.
  • Time is given in UTC.
  • Click on the icon to sort by column.

18th Century[edit]

Name or Area Date Time Magnitude Intensity Epicenter Depth Death toll
Mexico City, Southern Mexico 1776-04-21 VIII
"Temblores de San Sixto"
Mexico City; Central, Southern, and Southeastern Mexico
1787-03-28 8.6[1] or 8.7[2] XI 16° N 97° W
Central, Eastern and Southeastern Mexico 1800-03-08 VII

19th Century[edit]

Name or Area Date Time Magnitude Intensity Epicenter Depth Death toll
Coast of Colima-Michoacán[3] 1806-03-25 7.5[4] VII 18.9° N 103.8° W <60
Coast of Colima-Michoacán[5][3] 1818-05-31 7.7[4] VIII 19.1° N 103.6° W <60
Coast of Guerrero[3] 1820-05-04 7.6[4] VII 17.2° N 99.6° W <60
Tlalnepantla de Baz 1835-01-06 VII?
Jalisco[3] 1837-11-22 7.7[4] IX 20.0° N 105.0° W <60
Oaxaca[3] 1845-03-09 7.5[4] VII 16.6° N 97.0° W <60
"Temblor de Santa Teresa"[6]
Coast of Guerrero[3]
1845-04-07 8.0[4] IX 16.6° N 99.2° W <60
Coast of Oaxaca[3] 1854-05-05 7.7[4] VIII 16.3° N 97.6° W <60
"Temblor de Santa Juliana"[6]
North Michoacán[3]
1858-06-19 7.5[4] IX 19.6° N 101.6° W <60
Puebla-Veracruz[3] 1864-10-03 7.3[4] VIII 18.7° N 97.4° W <60
Coast of Oaxaca[3] 1870-05-11 7.8[4] IX 15.8° N 96.7° W <60
Coast of Oaxaca[3] 1872-03-27 7.4[4] VI 15.7° N 96.6° W <60
Guerrero[3] 1874-03-16 7.3[4] VII 17.7° N 99.1° W <60
Jalisco[3] 1875-02-11 7.5[4] VIII 21.0° N 103.8° W <60
Coast of Colima-Jalisco[3] 1875-03-09 7.4[4] VII 19.4° N 104.6° W <60
Puebla[3] 1879-05-17 7.1[4] VIII 18.6° N 98.0° W <60
Guerrero-Oaxaca[3] 1882-07-19 7.5[4] IX 17.7° N 98.2° W >60
1887 Sonora earthquake 1887-05-03 22:13 7.6 X 31°04′N 109°07′W / 31.07°N 109.12°W / 31.07; -109.12 (1887 Sonora earthquake epicenter) 80 51
Guerrero[3] 1887-05-29 7.3[4] VIII 17.2° N 99.8° W <60
Coast of Guerrero[3] 1889-09-06 7.1[4] VI 17.0° N 99.7° W <60
Guerrero-Oaxaca[3] 1890-12-02 7.3[4] VII 16.7° N 98.6° W <60
1892 Laguna Salada earthquake 1892-02-24 07:20 7.1-7.2 X 32°44′N 115°30′W / 32.73°N 115.50°W / 32.73; -115.50 (1892 Laguna Salada earthquake epicenter) 0
Coast of Guerrero-Oaxaca[3] 1894-11-02 7.4[4] VIII 16.5° N 98.0° W <60
Coast of Oaxaca[3] 1897-06-05 7.4[4] VII 16.3° N 95.4° W <60
Coast of Guerrero[3] 1899-01-24 23:43 7.5[4] VII 17.0° N 98.0° W <60
Colima 1900-01-20 06:33 7.4[4] VII 20.0° N 105.0° W <60

20th Century[edit]

Name Date Time Magnitude Intensity Epicenter Depth Death toll
1907 Guerrero earthquake 1907-04-15 06:08 7.7 VIII 17.00° N 100.00° W
Guerrero 1909-07-30 10:51 7.6[4] IX 16.8° N 99.9° W <60
"Temblor maderista"
1911 Michoacán earthquake
1911-06-07 7.6 IX 17°30′N 102°30′W / 17.50°N 102.50°W / 17.50; -102.50 (1911 Michoacán earthquake epicenter) 33 45
1911 Guerrero earthquake 1911-12-16 19:14 7.6 IX 17°00′N 100°30′W / 17.00°N 100.50°W / 17.00; -100.50 (December 1911 Guerrero earthquake epicenter)
Acambay 1912-11-19 7.0[7] VIII
1931 Oaxaca earthquake 1931-01-15 01:50 7.8 X 16°06′N 96°48′W / 16.1°N 96.8°W / 16.1; -96.8 (1931 Oaxaca earthquake epicenter) 40 114
1932 Jalisco earthquake 1932-06-03 10:36 8.1 X 19°30′N 104°15′W / 19.5°N 104.25°W / 19.5; -104.25 (1932 Jalisco earthquake epicenter) 60 400
1932 Colima earthquake 1932-06-18 10:12 7.8 VIII 19.45° N 103.63° W
1932 Manzanillo earthquake 1932-06-22 7.0 VIII
1937 Orizaba earthquake 1937-07-26 03:47 Ms 7.3 IX 18°31′N 95°53′W / 18.52°N 95.88°W / 18.52; -95.88 (1937 Orizaba earthquake epicenter) 35 34
1941 Colima earthquake 1941-04-15 19:09 7.6 IX 18°51′N 102°56′W / 18.85°N 102.94°W / 18.85; -102.94 (1941 Colima earthquake epicenter) 35 90
1957 Guerrero earthquake 1957-07-28 7.9 IX 41 68
1964 Guerrero earthquake 1964-07-06 07:22 Ms 7.4 IX 18°11′N 100°31′W / 18.19°N 100.51°W / 18.19; -100.51 (1964 Guerrero earthquake epicenter) 92 40
1965 Oaxaca earthquake 1965-08-23 19:46 7.5 VIIII 15°23′N 96°07′W / 15.38°N 96.12°W / 15.38; -96.12 (1965 Oaxaca earthquake epicenter) 12 6
Guerrero, Oaxaca 1968-08-02 7.3 VII
1973 Veracruz earthquake 1973-08-28 04:06 7.0 VIII 18°51′01″N 97°03′48″W / 18.85028°N 97.06333°W / 18.85028; -97.06333 (1973 Orizaba) 84 600 - 1,200[8]
1980 Oaxaca earthquake 1980-10-24 7.0 IX 18°13′N 98°14′W / 18.21°N 98.24°W / 18.21; -98.24 (1980 Central Mexico earthquake epicenter) 300
1981 Playa Azul earthquake 1981-10-25 03:22 7.2 VII 18°03′N 102°05′W / 18.05°N 102.08°W / 18.05; -102.08 (1981 Playa Azul earthquake epicenter) 20
1985 Mexico City earthquake 1985-09-19 07:19 8.0 X 18°11′N 102°32′W / 18.19°N 102.53°W / 18.19; -102.53 (1985 Mexico City earthquake epicenter) 15 10,000 - 65,000
1995 Guerrero earthquake 1995-09-14 14:04 7.4 VIII 19°46′44″N 98°35′49″W / 19.779°N 98.597°W / 19.779; -98.597 (1995 Guerrero earthquake epicenter) 23 3
1995 Colima-Jalisco earthquake 1995-10-09 15:36 8.0 IX 19°04′N 104°13′W / 19.06°N 104.21°W / 19.06; -104.21 (1995 Colima-Jalisco earthquake epicenter) 26 49
1995 Chiapas earthquake 1995-10-21 02:38 7.1 VII 16°50′24″N 93°28′08″W / 16.840°N 93.469°W / 16.840; -93.469 (1995 Chiapas earthquake epicenter) 159
1999 Tehuacán earthquake 1999-06-15 20:42 7.0 VIII 18°23′10″N 97°26′10″W / 18.386°N 97.436°W / 18.386; -97.436 (1999 Tehuacán earthquake epicenter) 70 15
1999 Oaxaca earthquake 1999-09-30 16:31 7.4 VIII 16°03′32″N 96°55′52″W / 16.059°N 96.931°W / 16.059; -96.931 (1999 Oaxaca earthquake epicenter) 61 35

21st Century[edit]

Name Date Time Magnitude Intensity Epicenter Depth Death toll
2003 Colima earthquake 2003-01-22 02:06 7.6 IX 18°36′N 104°13′W / 18.60°N 104.22°W / 18.60; -104.22 (2003 Colima earthquake epicenter) 24 29
2009 Guerrero earthquake 2009-04-27 16:46 5.8 VII 17°04′N 99°23′W / 17.07°N 99.39°W / 17.07; -99.39 (2009 Guerrero earthquake epicenter) 35 2
2009 Gulf of California earthquake 2009-08-03 17:59 6.9 VIII 29°03′58″N 112°52′16″W / 29.066°N 112.871°W / 29.066; -112.871 (2009 Gulf of California earthquake epicenter) 10 --
2010 Baja California earthquake 2010-04-04 22:40 7.2 IX 32°07′41″N 115°18′11″W / 32.128°N 115.303°W / 32.128; -115.303 (2010 Baja California earthquake epicenter) 6.2 4
2010 Oaxaca earthquake 2010-06-30 07:22 6.2 VI 16°31′37″N 97°45′36″W / 16.527°N 97.760°W / 16.527; -97.760 (2010 Oaxaca earthquake epicenter) 20 1
2011 Veracruz earthquake 2011-04-07 08:11 6.7 VII 17°25′52″N 93°58′41″W / 17.431°N 93.978°W / 17.431; -93.978 (2011 Veracruz earthquake epicenter) 1
2011 Guerrero earthquake 2011-05-05 13:24 5.7 VI 16°48′29″N 98°35′31″W / 16.808°N 98.592°W / 16.808; -98.592 (2011 Guerrero earthquake epicenter) 20 --
2011 Zumpango earthquake 2011-12-11 01:47 6.5 VIII 17°51′N 99°59′W / 17.85°N 99.98°W / 17.85; -99.98 (2011 Zumpango earthquake epicenter) 58 3
2012 Guerrero–Oaxaca earthquake 2012-03-20 18:02 7.4 IX 16°39′43″N 98°11′17″W / 16.662°N 98.188°W / 16.662; -98.188 (2012 Oaxaca earthquake epicenter) 20 2
2013 Gulf of California earthquake 2013-10-19 17:54 6.5 VIII 26°22′N 110°10′W / 26.37°N 110.17°W / 26.37; -110.17 (2013 Gulf of California earthquake epicenter) 10
2014 Guerrero earthquake 2014-04-18 09:27 7.2 IX 24

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Evidence for Great Tsunamigenic Earthquakes (M 8.6) along the Mexican Subduction Zone" by G. Suárez and P. Albini
  2. ^ http://www.snet.gob.sv/ver/oceanografia/amenaza/mapa+de+amenaza+por+tsunami/
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "Seismic Gaps and Recurrence Periods of Large Earthquakes along the Mexican Subduction Zone: A Reexamination" by S. K. Singh, L. Astiz, and J. Havskov
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x "Seismic quiescence patterns as possible precursors of great earthquakes in Mexico" by A. H. Rudolf-Navarro, A. Muñoz-Diosdado, and F. Angulo-Brown
  5. ^ http://desastres.unanleon.edu.ni/pdf/2002/agosto/pdf/spa/doc10005/doc10005-5.pdf
  6. ^ a b "19th century earthquakes in Mexico: three cases, three comparative studies" by América Molina del Villar
  7. ^ http://www.geociencias.unam.mx/~ger/2003_Tectonophisics_Qro.pdf
  8. ^ Sismos mas importantes en Mexico

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