A strong 6.2-magnitude hit southern Mexico on Wednesday, but no casualties or damage was reported.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck near the town of Pinotepa Nacional around 80 miles southwest of the colonial city of Oaxaca early morning. They also said the quake was as strong as magnitude 6.5 but later revised the figure to 6.2.
The earthquake shook buildings as far away as Mexico City, and in Oaxaca’s cobblestone historic center people felt the tremor strongly and guests at several hotels evacuated briefly. It awoke residents in Mexico City nearly 300 miles to the north, and cut power in some districts.
Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported no warning or advisory in place.
A day after the deadly 8.8-magnitude quake struck Chilean capital Santiago 3:34 a.m. (Chilean time) last Saturday, tsunami warnings were cancelled for all countries, including the nations around the Pacific. However, despite the tsunami cancellation of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, Japan remained cautious, downgrading its warning to “tsunami” from “major tsunami.”
The quake that struck Chile prompted all nations around the Pacific to undergo precautions. Japan experienced waves along its coast Sunday afternoon. No injuries were reported but authorities advised coastal area evacuees to not to return home yet.
According to the Japanese Meteorological Survey, the first tsunami hit the Pacific Island of Minami Torishima and measured 4 inches. Meanwhile, the Kuji Port in Iwate experienced a taller 4-foot wave. The agency added that the Sunday “major tsunami” alert was Japan’s first major tsunami warning in the last 15 years. Back in May 1960, the country was also affected by the Great Chilean Earthquake, killing 140 people.
Tsunami alert was also cancelled in US State Hawaii and in Chile after waves came ashore. The cancellation, however, does not mean that normal activities along the coast can already be resumed. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center leaves the decision to local government officials and authorities.