A magnitude 4.8 and 4.4 earthquake hit Oaxaca, Mexico Monday evening, just moments ago. Unlike many of the previous quakes that have been off shore, these two quakes were centered on land and therefore, could have potentially caused damage and/or loss of life.
It’s still early, but so far there were no reports of injuries or significant damage.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the first event had an epicenter of roughly 11km SE of Jalapa, Mexico, which the second earthquake hit 34km SSW of Jalapa.
They struck land in the state of Oaxaca.
The seismic events occurred at approximately 8 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. local time.
Monday’s temblors occurred a little more than a month after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck northern Guatemala and was felt strongly in the Mexican state of Chiapas.
That Nov. 7 quake killed 52 and injured 200 in Guatemala, but left no victims and caused only slight material damage to some buildings in Mexico.
Maxico so far has had 1 earthquake today, which was just downsized from 5.0 to 4.8. The country has been hit by 6 earthquakes in the past 7 days of which one registered 6.3 magnitude occurring in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico. For the month of December, 7 quakes have been detected by the USGS; and for the year Mexico has been hit by 168 quakes.
A 7.4 quake in Ometepec, Guerrero, Mexico was the largest temblor this year.
While this report was being written a 4.4 quake hit the Oaxaca, Mexico.
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We will publish an update on these two quakes as soon as it becomes available.
D. Chandler contributed to this report.