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In the North Pacific Ocean 53 kilometer from Acapulco de Juárez, Mexico, a shallow and significant Magnitude 5.3 earthquake occurred around noon of Sunday June 23rd, 2024.

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Earthquake Summary

This earthquake hit under water in the North Pacific Ocean, right off the coast of Mexico, 53 kilometer east-southeast of Acapulco de Juárez in Guerrero. The center of this earthquake had a very shallow depth of 15 km. Shallow earthquakes usually have a larger impact than earthquakes deep in the earth.

Date and Time: Jun 23, 2024 12:16 (Mexico City Time)
- Jun 23, 2024 17:16 Universal Time.
Location: 53 km ESE of Acapulco de Juárez, Guerrero, Mexico.
Coordinates 16°40'9"N 99°26'42"W.
Map: Map of area around epicenter.
Map of area around epicenter. Click to open in Google Maps.
Magnitude: MAG 5.3
Detected by 56 stations. Maximum Error Range ±0.041 .
Depth: 15 km (9 mi)
A very shallow depth.
Tsunami Risk: Low tsunami risk
Earthquakes under MAG-6.5 do not usually cause tsunami's.
Always stay cautious - More info here.

Nearby towns and cities

This earthquake may have been felt in Mexico . The closest significant population center near the earthquake is Ayutla de los Libres in Guerrero, Mexico. Ayutla de los Libres is located 49 kilometer (30 mi) southwest of the epicenter.

Multiple large cities are in proximity of today's earthquake. Acapulco de Juárez is located 53 km to the west-northwest. Puebla is located 294 km to the north-northeast. Coyoacán is located 299 km to the north.

An overview of nearby towns and cities is available in the overview below.

Overview of nearby places

Distance Place
49 km (30 mi)
NE from epicenter
Ayutla de los Libres

Guerrero, Mexico.
53 km (33 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Acapulco de Juárez

Guerrero, Mexico.
98 km (61 mi)
N from epicenter
Chilpancingo

Guerrero, Mexico.
100 km (62 mi)
N from epicenter
Tixtla de Guerrero

Guerrero, Mexico.
107 km (66 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Chilapa de Álvarez

Guerrero, Mexico.
110 km (68 mi)
E from epicenter
Ometepec

Guerrero, Mexico.
110 km (68 mi)
N from epicenter
Zumpango del Río

Guerrero, Mexico.
121 km (75 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Atoyac de Álvarez

Guerrero, Mexico.
134 km (83 mi)
NE from epicenter
Tlapa de Comonfort

Guerrero, Mexico.
140 km (87 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Técpan de Galeana

Guerrero, Mexico.
153 km (95 mi)
ESE from epicenter
Pinotepa Nacional

Oaxaca, Mexico.
182 km (113 mi)
N from epicenter
Ciudad de Huitzuco

Guerrero, Mexico.
187 km (116 mi)
N from epicenter
Iguala de la Independencia

Guerrero, Mexico.
194 km (121 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Teloloapan

Guerrero, Mexico.
199 km (124 mi)
ENE from epicenter
Heroica Ciudad de Tlaxiaco

Oaxaca, Mexico.
204 km (127 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Arcelia

Guerrero, Mexico.
210 km (130 mi)
N from epicenter
Taxco de Alarcón

Guerrero, Mexico.
216 km (134 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Petatlán

Guerrero, Mexico.
217 km (135 mi)
N from epicenter
Puente de Ixtla

Morelos, Mexico.
217 km (135 mi)
NE from epicenter
Ciudad de Huajuapan de León

Oaxaca, Mexico.
222 km (138 mi)
N from epicenter
Zacatepec

Morelos, Mexico.
228 km (142 mi)
NW from epicenter
Ciudad Altamirano

Guerrero, Mexico.
239 km (149 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Izúcar de Matamoros

Puebla, Mexico.
243 km (151 mi)
N from epicenter
Emiliano Zapata

Morelos, Mexico.
244 km (152 mi)
N from epicenter
Temixco

Morelos, Mexico.
244 km (152 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Cuautla

Morelos, Mexico.
248 km (154 mi)
N from epicenter
Jiutepec

Morelos, Mexico.
249 km (155 mi)
N from epicenter
Yautepec

Morelos, Mexico.
249 km (155 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo

Guerrero, Mexico.
252 km (157 mi)
N from epicenter
Cuernavaca

Morelos, Mexico.
267 km (166 mi)
NW from epicenter
Huetamo de Núñez

Michoacán, Mexico.
271 km (168 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Atlixco

Puebla, Mexico.
289 km (180 mi)
N from epicenter
San Mateo Atenco

México, Mexico.
289 km (180 mi)
N from epicenter
San Salvador Tizatlalli

México, Mexico.
290 km (180 mi)
NNE from epicenter
San Bernardino Tlaxcalancingo

Puebla, Mexico.
290 km (180 mi)
N from epicenter
Xochimilco

Mexico City, Mexico.
291 km (181 mi)
NNE from epicenter
San Andrés Cholula

Puebla, Mexico.
291 km (181 mi)
E from epicenter
Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán

Oaxaca, Mexico.
292 km (181 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Cholula

Puebla, Mexico.
292 km (181 mi)
N from epicenter
Zinacantepec

México, Mexico.
292 km (181 mi)
N from epicenter
Toluca

México, Mexico.
293 km (182 mi)
E from epicenter
Oaxaca

Oaxaca, Mexico.
294 km (183 mi)
N from epicenter
Xico

México, Mexico.
294 km (183 mi)
N from epicenter
Tlalpan

Mexico City, Mexico.
294 km (183 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Puebla

Puebla, Mexico.
294 km (183 mi)
N from epicenter
Chalco

México, Mexico.
295 km (183 mi)
N from epicenter
Tláhuac

Mexico City, Mexico.
295 km (183 mi)
NE from epicenter
Tehuacán

Puebla, Mexico.
297 km (185 mi)
N from epicenter
Magdalena Contreras

Mexico City, Mexico.
299 km (186 mi)
N from epicenter
San Buenaventura

México, Mexico.
299 km (186 mi)
N from epicenter
Huixquilucan

México, Mexico.
299 km (186 mi)
N from epicenter
Coyoacán

Mexico City, Mexico.
Cities and Towns around the epicenter of this earthquake.

Shaking reported by 25 people

People that feel an earthquake may report their experience to the US Geographic Survey. Currently, 25 people have reported shaking in 12 places, all within Mexico.We keep updating this article as more ground reports become available. You may report that you felt this earthquake here.

Places with most reports:

  • Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico: 13 people.
  • Coatepec (San Bartolomé Coatepec), México, Mexico: 2 people.
  • Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico: 1 person.
  • Buenavista, México, Mexico: 1 person.
  • Chiconcuac, México, Mexico: 1 person.
  • Cuautitlán, México, Mexico: 1 person.
  • Cuautitlán Izcalli, México, Mexico: 1 person.
  • Los Reyes, México, Mexico: 1 person.
  • Tlalnepantla, México, Mexico: 1 person.
  • Vista Hermosa, México, Mexico: 1 person.

24 Aftershocks detected

After this earthquake struck, 24 smaller aftershocks occurred. Just 7 hrs after this main shock, an earthquake measuring MAG-4.2 was detected 17 km (11 mi) south of this earthquake.

In the days before this main shock, 11 smaller foreshocks were detected. A 4.1 magnitude earthquake hit 1 min earlier nearby.

Overview of foreshocks and aftershocks

Classification Magnitude When Where
Foreshock M 3.1 3 days earlier
Jun 20, 2024 14:53 (Mexico City Time)
48 km (30 mi)
ENE from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 3.9 2 days earlier
Jun 21, 2024 02:12 (Mexico City Time)
58 km (36 mi)
SSW from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 4.1 2 days earlier
Jun 21, 2024 02:44 (Mexico City Time)
23 km (14 mi)
SSE from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 3.8 2 days earlier
Jun 21, 2024 05:41 (Mexico City Time)
65 km (40 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 3.0 2 days earlier
Jun 21, 2024 13:46 (Mexico City Time)
96 km (60 mi)
NW from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 3.3 2 days earlier
Jun 21, 2024 15:22 (Mexico City Time)
69 km (43 mi)
SSE from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 3.6 1 day earlier
Jun 22, 2024 05:16 (Mexico City Time)
77 km (48 mi)
W from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 3.0 1 day earlier
Jun 22, 2024 05:27 (Mexico City Time)
25 km (16 mi)
WNW from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 3.4 8 hrs earlier
Jun 23, 2024 04:02 (Mexico City Time)
31 km (20 mi)
NW from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 3.5 7 hrs earlier
Jun 23, 2024 05:41 (Mexico City Time)
35 km (22 mi)
NNW from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 4.1 1 min earlier
Jun 23, 2024 12:15 (Mexico City Time)
13 km (8 mi)
SW from Main Shock.
Main Shock
This Earthquake
M 5.3 Jun 23, 2024 12:16
(Mexico City Time)
-
Aftershock M 3.5 2 hrs later
Jun 23, 2024 13:48 (Mexico City Time)
12 km (7 mi)
SSW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.4 2 hrs later
Jun 23, 2024 14:29 (Mexico City Time)
7 km (4 mi)
SSW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.3 3 hrs later
Jun 23, 2024 15:02 (Mexico City Time)
37 km (23 mi)
W from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.6 4 hrs later
Jun 23, 2024 16:42 (Mexico City Time)
76 km (47 mi)
W from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.1 5 hrs later
Jun 23, 2024 17:21 (Mexico City Time)
18 km (11 mi)
SE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 6 hrs later
Jun 23, 2024 17:54 (Mexico City Time)
23 km (14 mi)
SE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.2 7 hrs later
Jun 23, 2024 19:01 (Mexico City Time)
17 km (11 mi)
S from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.4 16 hrs later
Jun 24, 2024 04:38 (Mexico City Time)
15 km (9 mi)
SSW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.9 17 hrs later
Jun 24, 2024 05:38 (Mexico City Time)
15 km (9 mi)
S from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.7 17 hrs later
Jun 24, 2024 05:40 (Mexico City Time)
16 km (10 mi)
S from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.7 17 hrs later
Jun 24, 2024 05:44 (Mexico City Time)
15 km (9 mi)
S from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.6 18 hrs later
Jun 24, 2024 05:49 (Mexico City Time)
16 km (10 mi)
S from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.4 18 hrs later
Jun 24, 2024 05:53 (Mexico City Time)
15 km (9 mi)
SSW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.0 1 day later
Jun 24, 2024 15:13 (Mexico City Time)
78 km (48 mi)
WSW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 1 day later
Jun 24, 2024 15:28 (Mexico City Time)
81 km (50 mi)
WSW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 1 day later
Jun 24, 2024 15:31 (Mexico City Time)
80 km (50 mi)
WSW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 1 day later
Jun 24, 2024 15:37 (Mexico City Time)
74 km (46 mi)
W from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.6 2 days later
Jun 25, 2024 03:53 (Mexico City Time)
14 km (9 mi)
NW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.2 2 days later
Jun 25, 2024 14:51 (Mexico City Time)
99 km (61 mi)
NW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.3 2 days later
Jun 25, 2024 17:43 (Mexico City Time)
87 km (54 mi)
WNW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.6 3 days later
Jun 26, 2024 01:21 (Mexico City Time)
74 km (46 mi)
W from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.4 3 days later
Jun 26, 2024 01:40 (Mexico City Time)
81 km (51 mi)
WSW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.5 3 days later
Jun 26, 2024 01:46 (Mexico City Time)
78 km (48 mi)
WSW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.5 3 days later
Jun 26, 2024 05:38 (Mexico City Time)
51 km (32 mi)
NNW from Main Shock.
Detected MAG2.5+ earthquakes within within 100km (62 mi), that occurred in the three days before and after the main shock.

More earthquakes coming?

The risk of aftershocks decreases rapidly over time. Usually, aftershocks are at least one order of magnitude lower than a main shock.

It's always adviced to be cautious of the risk of a larger shock following any significant earthquake, however this risk is fairly small. There is a roughly 94 percent change that no larger main shock will follow in the days following this earthquake.

Read: How to Stay Safe during an Earthquake (cdc.gov).

Earthquakes like this happen often in the region

Earthquakes of this strength are very common in the region. This is the strongest earthquake to hit since December 7th, 2023, when a 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit 193 km (120 mi) further north-northeast. An even stronger magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck on February 16th, 2018.

In total, 22 earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.3 or higher have been registered within 300km (186 mi) of this epicenter in the past 10 years. This comes down to an average of once every 6 months.

Low tsunami risk

DISCLAIMER: We strongly suggest to closely monitor advice from local authorities with regards to tsunami risks. Our analysis is based on automatically collected data from external sources, and these might contain mistakes. In addition, earthquakes can cause landslides that may lead to a tsunami, or be a followed by another, potentially stonger, earthquake.

Based on early data it appears this earthquake was not strong enough (lower than MAG-6.5) to be likely to cause destructive tsunami's. However this earthquake appeared to have hit at a shallow depth under sea, so stay cautious and monitor advice from local authorities.

Tsunami Risk Factors

Factor Under Sea? MAG-6.5 or stronger? Shallow depth?
Explanation Almost all tsunami's are caused by earthquakes with their epicenter under sea or very near the sea. However stay cautious in coastal areas as earthquakes on land may cause landslides into sea, potentially still causing a local tsunami. Under MAG 6.5: Very unlikely to cause a tsunami.
MAG 6.5 to 7.5: Destructive tsunami's do occur, but are uncommon. Likely to observe small sea level changes.
MAG 7.6+: Earthquakes with these magnitudes might produce destructive tsunami's.
Most destructive tsunami's are caused by shallow earthquakes with a depth between 0 and 100km under the surface of the earth. Deeper tsunami's are unlikely to displace to ocean floor.
This Earthquake This earthquake appears to have struck under the sea. Not this earthquake.
This earthquake had a magnitude of 5.3. Earthquakes of this strength are unlikely to trigger a tsunami.
This earthquake occurred at a depth of of 15 km (9 mi). Earthquakes this shallow could trigger a tsunami.

Sources

Last updated 18/07/24 02:18 (). This article contains currently available information about the earthquake and is automatically composed. We continue to update this article up to a few days after the earthquake occurred.

  1. US Geographic Society (USGS): Earthquake us7000mu56
  2. European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC): Earthquake 20240623_0000180
  3. Geonames.org: World Cities Database
  4. Google Maps: Static API
  5. Earthquakelist.org: Historic Earthquakes Database

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