Earthquake with 5.0 Magnitude Shakes Up Vallarta/Nayarit

Volcano Discovery
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July 4, 2021


Mexico was shaken near San José del Valle, Jalisco, by an earthquake of magnitude 5.0 at 8:45 pm last night, the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) reported. (It was originally reported as 5.6 magnitude)

The quake hit at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter near San José del Valle, Jalisco, Mexico (68 miles WNW of PV) in the evening on Saturday 3 July 2021 at 8:45 pm local time. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.

Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.0 as well.

Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.

Weak shaking might have been felt in San Marcos (pop. 1,800) located 74 km from the epicenter, San Blas (pop. 10,200) 74 km away, Las Varas (pop. 14,100) 86 km away, Bucerias (pop. 13,100) 89 km away, Mezcales (pop. 20,100) 95 km away, Santiago Ixcuintla (pop. 18,200) 95 km away, San José del Valle (pop. 22,500) 96 km away, Tuxpan (pop. 21,700) 97 km away, and Tepic (pop. 332,900) 111 km away.

Editors Note: It was felt in Puerto Vallarta with a short shake. Readers have reported windows rattling and a short but scary vibration (especially on upper floors of buildings).

Read the original with updated information at Volcano Discovery.

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