A strong and relatively shallow earthquake rolled through west central Mexico this Wednesday morning. With a magnitude of 6.2, the quake occurred at 7:38 am and was followed by a 5.3 aftershock some 24 minutes later. Some minor to moderate structural damage was reported mostly in and around Acapulco, which was located 60 miles west of the epicenter. Latest information indicates there were no fatalities or significant injuries.
The quake occurred at a depth of about 12 miles and was centered 173 miles south of Mexico City. This is an active geological fault zone with major quakes occurring not infrequently since 1975.
25 events of magnitude 6 or greater have occurred within 200 km of the today's earthquake, including events of 7.4 in May 2012, 7.1 in February 1996, 7.4 in September 1994, and M 7.2 in October 1980.