Earthquake Information

March 20, 2012 (18:02:48 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.4 Oaxaca, Mexico

A major earthquake in Oaxaca, Mexico (190 km [120 mi] east of Acapulco) shook buildings in Mexico City, 322 km (200 mi) NNE of the epicenter. This earthquake occurred as a result of thrust-faulting on or near the plate boundary interface between the Cocos and North America plates.

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