Wednesday 20 February 2013

Earthquake strikes in Colima, Mexico

Epicenter was 38 km out to sea, south of "A"
At approximately 3.23 pm local time on Wednesday, February 20, the U.S. Geological Survey reported an earthquake with a 5.8 magnitude on the Richter scale, in Colima, Mexico.

Local Mexican authorities reported the quake as being a 5.6.

The epicenter was 38 kilometers to the south of Ciudad de Armeria. Some locals feared that it was due to activity on the Colima volcano, but it is now thought to have been the result of movement of the Cocos Plate shifting under the North American Plate.

The quake was felt as far north as the Puerto Vallarta area.

There are no reports of property damage or loss of life. As well, the hospitals in nearby Tecomán and Manzanillo are fully operational.

(TE Wilson is the author of Mezcalero, a Detective Sánchez novel.)

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