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17 Jan 2020 | 03:40 AM UTC

Mexico: 5.3-magnitude earthquake hits near San Jeronimo Ixtepec January 17

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake strikes east-northeast of San Jeronimo Ixtepec (Oaxaca) on January 17; aftershocks possible



The US Geological Survey recorded a 5.3-magnitude earthquake around 18 km (11 mi) east-northeast of San Jeronimo Ixtepec (Oaxaca) on Friday, January 17. The quake hit at around 00:43 (local time) at a depth of 27.4 km (17 mi). There were no immediate reports of injuries or significant infrastructure damage.

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


Individuals in the region 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 the windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.