Earthquake Hits Mexico’s Southern Pacific Coast

March 20, 2012 · Posted in Local information 
Downtown Puerto Vallarta

Downtown Puerto Vallarta and the Iglesia

A 7.6 magnatude earthquake hit southern Mexico earlier today, it’s epicenter was approximately 120 miles east of Acapulco and 10.9 miles underground. It was a long earthquake that was felt in Mexico city to the extent that it emptied office buildings, made a mess of traffic and knocked out cellular service in some areas.

Here in Puerto Vallarta, we felt little or no effect and there has been no damage. If you have properties or loved ones here in Vallarta right now, rest assured the earthquake has not affected them.

Earth quakes are taken very seriously in Mexico since the devastating earthquake of 1985 which caused enormous damage and loss of life in Mexico City. While today’s earthquake was severe at 7.6 on the Richter Scale, there have not yet been any reports of serious damage or loss of life… for that we can be thankful!

UPDATE – As reports come in, it appears there was some pretty major damage in Guerrero, the state where the epicenter was located. According to the Governor, at least 800 homes were destroyed in Igaulapa, a small city near the epicenter.  Still no reports of any deaths or serious injury, which is encouraging news.

The U.S. Geological Society revised it’s earlier estimate of magnitude, lowering it to 7.4 from 7.6, and placing the depth at 12.4 miles.

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10 Responses to “Earthquake Hits Mexico’s Southern Pacific Coast”

  1. JoAnn on March 20th, 2012 1:31 pm

    Thank you for the info–wondering about friends who moved to Puerto Vallarta and hoped they are OK. J.

  2. Grant on March 20th, 2012 2:14 pm

    I’m glad we could help! I hope others leave comments too… I like to know that people find this useful.

  3. b Dunn on March 20th, 2012 3:55 pm

    thanks my wife and daughter are on holiday there now

  4. Jenny on March 20th, 2012 4:23 pm

    Thanks for the info. My parents are there and I haven’t been able to reach them. A sigh of relief thanks to your post. Much appreciated!

  5. Derek on March 20th, 2012 4:47 pm

    thank you. I was looking all over as I have family there. Your blog really set my mind at ease. Greatly appreciated

  6. Althea Hampton on March 20th, 2012 6:09 pm

    This blog has really set my mind at ease. My daughter is currently vacationing there and I can’t seem to reach her. I prayed she was okay and God gave me no sign indicating she wasn’t so that kept me from freaking out. You have set my mind to ease.

  7. Amy on March 20th, 2012 6:26 pm

    Thank you for the info. I was worried about my family vacationing there.

  8. Caroline on March 20th, 2012 8:39 pm

    thank you, my 13-yr grand daughter and her mother are there for spring break, so glad i found your blog, could not contact them all day today … thank you.

  9. Colleen Reckwell on April 18th, 2014 10:09 am

    My son and family are staying at the Friendly – he reported on facebook that they felt movement in the resort but no issues there.

  10. joellen smith on July 8th, 2014 8:08 am

    Thanks so much! My daughter in pv now. Sigh of relief

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