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Strong mag. 5.9 earthquake - 150 km southwest of Huixtla, Chiapas, Mexico, on Saturday, May 2, 1970 at 02:06 GMT

This quake was likely an aftershock of the 7.3 quake 60 km southwest of Tapachula de Cordova y Ordoñez, Chiapas, Mexico, April 29, 1970 14:01 GMT, which had occurred 3 days earlier.
Strong mag. 5.9 earthquake - 150 km southwest of Huixtla, Chiapas, Mexico, on Saturday, May 2, 1970 at 02:06 GMT Strong mag. 5.9 earthquake - 150 km southwest of Huixtla, Chiapas, Mexico, on Saturday, May 2, 1970 at 02:06 GMT

Strong magnitude 5.9 earthquake at 35 km depth

Earthquake details

Date & timeMay 2, 1970 02:06:57 UTC
Local time at epicenter
Depth35.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude14.499°N / 93.689°W (North Pacific Ocean, Mexico)
Antipode14.499°S / 86.311°E
Shaking intensityModerate shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoTacana (184 km / 114 mi)
Nearby towns and cities118 km (74 mi) SW of La Palma (pop: 678) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
134 km (83 mi) SW of Mapastepec (pop: 17,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
142 km (88 mi) SSW of Pijijiapan (pop: 16,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
150 km (93 mi) WSW of Huixtla (pop: 32,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
160 km (100 mi) WSW of Tapachula de Cordova y Ordoñez (pop: 202,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
177 km (110 mi) S of Tonala (Tonalá) (pop: 35,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
183 km (114 mi) WSW of Motozintla (pop: 23,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
195 km (121 mi) S of Arriaga (pop: 24,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
198 km (123 mi) SSW of Villaflores (pop: 37,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
797 km (495 mi) SE of Mexico (pop: 12,294,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released4.5 x 1013 joules (12.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 10676 tons of TNT or 0.7 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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5.935 kmoff the coast of Chiapas, MexicoUSGS
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