Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Jalisco, Mexico

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits off the coast of Jalisco, Mexico

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit off the coast of Jalisco, Mexico at 23:22 UTC on December 22, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 12 km (7.4 miles).

The epicenter was located about 226 km (140 miles) SW of La Cruz de Loreto and 281 km (175 miles) W of Cihuatlan, Jalisco, Mexico.

There are no people living within 100 km (62 miles).

788 000 people are estimated to have felt weak shaking.

There is no tsunami threat from this earthquake.

The USGS issued a Green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are a mix of vulnerable and earthquake-resistant construction. The predominant vulnerable building types are mud wall and adobe block with concrete bond beam construction.

Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides that might have contributed to losses.

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Regional seismicity

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