Strong earthquake jolts Offshore Chiapas, Mexico

October 17th, 2008 - 2:23 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

An intensity scale of 6.6 Richter scale shook Mexico and Guatemala and the earthquake on Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 19:41:26 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time ) and Friday, October 17, 2008 at 02:41:26 AM at epicenter local time as reported by the U.S. Geological Survey.

The epicenter is 55 km (35 miles) SSW of Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico, 110 km (65 miles) WSW of Quezaltenango, Guatemala, 205 km (130 miles) W of GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, 900 km (560 miles) SE of MEXICO CITY, D.F., Mexico with the depth of 24 km (14.9 miles) set by location program.

Twenty three years ago, an earthquake in Mexico City was one of the most devastating earthquakes in the history of the Americas. Mexico City was struck by an earthquake of magnitude 8.1 on the Richter scale.

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