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Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake Deep in Mexico

April 7, 2011, by Ken Jorgustin

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Large Earthquake, Veracruz Mexico

The largest earthquake to ever have rocked the region near Veracruz, Mexico, a magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook deep underground the morning of April 7, 2011.

The earthquake was located 104 miles (167 km) beneath the surface, 56 miles south of Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico – about 300 miles west of Belize and about 600 miles south of the tip of Texas.

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The USGS history of earthquakes in that region indicate that deep quakes have been common.

Blue (150 km +)
Green (70 km +)
Yellow (35 km +)

What has not been common there however are large earthquakes. All previous earthquakes in the region appear to have been significantly less in magnitude upon initial inspection of USGS map data. This 6.5 quake stands out.

2011 is shaping up where 2010 left off, shaking the planet with large and numerous earthquakes.

Update: half a day later, still no Aftershocks. That seems a bit odd.