1999 Tehuacán earthquake

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
1999 Tehuacán earthquake
1999 Tehuacán earthquake is located in Mexico
1999 Tehuacán earthquake
UTC time1999-06-15 20:42:05
ISC event1653844
Local date15 June 1999 (1999-06-15)
Local time15:42
MagnitudeMw 7.0
Depth70 km
Epicenter18°23′10″N 97°26′10″W / 18.386°N 97.436°W / 18.386; -97.436
Max. intensityVII (Very strong)
LandslidesYes [1]
Casualties14 dead[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.


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]


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Dillon, Sam (June 16, 1999). "Earthquake Kills 14 in Mexico And Injures Dozens in Puebla". The New York Times. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
  2. ^ http://www.eclac.org/mexico/publicaciones/sinsigla/xml/5/8385/doc6.pdf
  3. ^ http://www.igeograf.unam.mx/instituto/publicaciones/boletin/bol43/b43art2.pdf[dead link]
  4. ^ Sheridan, Mary Beth (June 16, 1999). "6.7 Temblor in Mexico Kills 12". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-10. Retrieved 2010-09-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2010-09-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

External links[edit]