1995 Chiapas earthquake

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1995 Chiapas earthquake
1995 Chiapas earthquake is located in Mexico
1995 Chiapas earthquake
Date October 21 at 02:38 UTC
Magnitude 7.1 Mw
Depth 159 km
Epicenter 16°50′24″N 93°28′08″W / 16.840°N 93.469°W / 16.840; -93.469
Type Oblique-slip
Areas affected Mexico
Max. intensity VI (Strong) [1]

The 1995 Chiapas earthquake occurred on October 20 at 20:38 local time. The epicenter was located in the state of Chiapas, Mexico, near Tuxtla Gutiérrez.[2] It had a magnitude of Mw 7.1,[3] or ML 6.5.[4] Building damage was reported. Around 70 people were reported injured. In Tuxtla Gutiérrez, telephone and electricity services were momentarily interrupted.[5] This earthquake could be felt strongly in Mexico City and in many parts of southern Mexico. It could also be felt in Guatemala and El Salvador.[6] The centroid mechanism is of thrust faulting with a small strike-slip component. The rupture of this earthquake propagated from NW to SE over a distance of about 30 km. The duration of the rupture was about 17 s.[7] The earthquake was resulted from the internal deformation of the Cocos Plate, which is subducting beneath the North American Plate.[8]