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Moderate mag. 5.8 earthquake - Amatenango de la Frontera, 17 km southeast of Comalapa, Chiapas, Mexico, on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 20:00 GMT

Moderate mag. 5.8 earthquake - Amatenango de la Frontera, 17 km southeast of Comalapa, Chiapas, Mexico, on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 20:00 GMT Moderate mag. 5.8 earthquake - Amatenango de la Frontera, 17 km southeast of Comalapa, Chiapas, Mexico, on Tuesday, October 17, 2000 at 20:00 GMT

Moderate magnitude 5.8 earthquake at 181 km depth

Earthquake details

Date & timeOct 17, 2000 20:00:36 UTC
Local time at epicenter
Depth180.5 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude15.521°N / 92.071°W (Amatenango de la Frontera, Chiapas, Mexico)
Antipode15.521°S / 87.929°E
Shaking intensityLight shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoTacana (44 km / 27 mi)
Nearby towns and cities17 km (11 mi) SSE of Comalapa (pop: 18,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
25 km (16 mi) NE of Motozintla (pop: 23,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
42 km (26 mi) WSW of Jacaltenango (Huehuetenango, Guatemala) (pop: 34,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
60 km (37 mi) N of Cacahoatan (Cacahoatán) (pop: 16,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
60 km (37 mi) NE of Huixtla (pop: 32,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
72 km (44 mi) NNE of Tapachula de Cordova y Ordoñez (pop: 202,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
81 km (50 mi) S of Comitan (pop: 97,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
177 km (110 mi) SE of Tuxtla Gutiérrez (pop: 537,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
194 km (120 mi) WNW of Guatemala (Guatemala) (pop: 994,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
865 km (538 mi) ESE of Mexico (Ciudad de México) (pop: 12,294,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released3.2 x 1013 joules (8.78 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 7558 tons of TNT or 0.5 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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5.8181 kmChiapas, MexicoUSGS
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Seismic station: Tegucigalpa, Honduras (TGUH/CU network) | Distance from quake: 541 km / 336 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Tegucigalpa, Honduras: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Bandpass filter applied: 0.02-5.0 Hz. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quake)

Date and timeMag
Nov 15, 2000 07:45
22 years ago

41 km
Chicomuselo, 66 km SW of Comitan, Chiapas, MexicoMore

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