The quake originated near Tecepan, Guerrero this morning. The USGS reports that the epicenter was 14 miles below the earth’s surface. According to USGS, “The April 2014 earthquake occurred within the “Guerrero Seismic Gap” – an approximately 200 km long segment of the Cocos-North America plate boundary identified to have experienced no significant earthquakes since 1911 (M 7.6).”
Mexico City felt the quake, with buildings swaying, but so far there have been no reports of serious damage from the capitol. Reports of damage from Guerrero have been spotty, and the major US news sources are all regurgitating the same info: shaking hotels in Acapulco but no deaths reported so far. The general consensus seems to be that it may take awhile to assess damage in remote areas. Milenio is more informative, reporting that the quake was felt in 14 states( Guerrero, Morelos, México, Puebla, Oaxaca, Querétaro, Veracruz, Jalisco, Michoacán, Tlaxcala, Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Colima and the Distrito Federal) but that so far no deaths have been reported. I’m checking in with friends in coastal Guerrero to make sure they are OK and see if I can scam some more local info.
Update: Got this message from our friend Marcos: “We’re all good but it really shook the place. We were just getting ready to go surfing and sitting on the beach under the ramada when the place just started shaking and swaying like crazy. Jaz was in Zihua and broken glass everywhere. Lots of wasted tequila.”