April 11, 2012 – A 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Struck Michoacán, Mexico (Note: The USGS downgraded this earthquake to 6.5 magnitude): This is the third large global earthquake to strike today, after the two monster quakes, of 8.6 and 8.2, struck off the West Coast of Northern Sumatra, Indonesia earlier today. This quake hit at 5:55PM, at a depth of 66 kilometers (41 miles). Since it occurred in a sparsely populated area, it was probably felt in Mexico City and Acapulco (see map). Damage may have occurred in Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacán, Mexico since the epicenter was only 42 miles away. Vruapan was 80 miles SSW of the epicenter, while Zihuatanejo was 88 miles northwest (see map).
From RW News – A strong, 7.0-magnitude tremor has struck western Mexico, causing buildings to shake in Mexico City. The city’s mayor says some people evacuated their offices but reported no damages or injuries. The US Geological Survey says the tremor was centered in the sparsely-populated and mountainous state of Michoacán, some 238 miles (384 kilometers) southwest of Mexico City. Local authorities in the state also reported no damages or injuries.
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