Jalisco in Mexico struck by strong earthquake

Published on : Friday, January 22, 2016

MexicoThe Pacific coast of Jalisco, Mexico was rocked by an earthquake of magnitude 6.6 on Thursday. The strong earthquake struck southwest of Tomatlan and Cihuatlan at 12:07 p.m. local time, seismologists said.

It was centered about 215 kilometers (134 miles) southwest of Tomatlán, which is a town in the western state of Jalisco, and struck about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center ruled out threat of a tsunami.

There were no immediate reports of casualties, Luis Felipe Puente, the national coordinator of civil protection, said.

A 6.6-magnitude earthquake is capable of causing destruction over a large area, but the distance to the coast from Thursday’s episode will minimize the effects.

Mexico sits on the so-called ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’, an arc of fault lines circling the Pacific Basin which is prone to frequent and large earthquakes.

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