1999 Tehuacán earthquake

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1999 Tehuacán earthquake
1999 Tehuacán earthquake is located in Mexico
1999 Tehuacán earthquake
UTC time1999-06-15 20:42:05
ISC event1653844
USGS-ANSSComCat
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
LandslidesYes [1]
Casualties14 [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 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]

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References[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)

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