7.2 Earthquake Shakes Acapulco

Mexican girl with surfboard on coast of Guerrero, Mexico.

The surf ramada in question.

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.”

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  1. -El Codo- says:

    Alluvial soil (deep sand deposits) like what Mexico City is built upon (ancient lake Texcoco) quiver like a vessel of jello that has had it’s bowl twanged with a finger. A quake can occur in Oaxaca and the shivering in DF is worse than it is right on top of the quake epicenter!

    Antigua, Guatemala is in the same shaky situation.

    All up and down the coast, from San Blas to Puerto Escondido, if a significant “Sismo” should happen, prepare to get the hell away from the ocean – FAST. Folks poo-pooed the idea in Zihuatanejo until I dug up old photographs of a 28 foot high tsunami that inundated the village 70-years ago. There are still high water marks from a moderate tsunami in the town of La Manzanilla, Jalisco. The quake happened in 1995. The wave came in slowly and flooded the town like an extra high tide of 8-feet or so. Residents had carried their most valuable possessions inland.

    The danger of a tsunami is not merely drowning. It’s the floating debris weighing tons like still floating cars and coconut palms ramming into you.

  2. churpa says:

    I remember that 1995 tsunami. We weren’t there (thank God), but friends of ours saw the water getting sucked out of the bay at Tenacatita.