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15 Apr 2020 | 06:27 AM UTC

Mexico: 5.1-magnitude earthquake hits south of Paredon (Chiapas state) April 15

5.1-magnitude earthquake strikes south of Paredon (Chiapas state) on April 15; aftershocks possible over the near term

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Event

The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 5.1-magnitude earthquake 96 km (60 mi) south of Paredon (Chiapas state) at approximately 04:44 (local time) on Wednesday, April 15; the quake struck at a depth of 35 km (22 mi). There were no immediate reports of injuries or significant material damage, and no tsunami warnings were immediately issued.

Aftershocks are possible in the affected areas over the coming hours and days. 

Advice

Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks.

In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.