5.1 quake gives Oaxaca coast a shake

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A 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook the coast of Oaxaca Thursday night without any casualties or infrastructure damages to report.

Officials from the National Seismological Service (SSN) reported that the tremor was recorded at 8:03 p.m. and its epicenter was located 35 kilometers south of San Pedro Pochutla.

The earthquake was moderately perceived along the coast in Puerto Escondido and Huatulco, and inland in cities like Miahuatlán and Oaxaca, where the tremor did not trigger the public sesimic alert system.

The state Civil Protection office reported that the alert protocol is only activated when a registered telluric movement’s magnitude is of 5.5 or more.

Users of the mobile and desktop app SkyAlert did receive an early warning, which alerted them that the tremor’s intensity was estimated to be “weak” or “mild.”

The federal government announced late last year that it would deploy an early earthquake warning system that would alert mobile users in the potentially affected areas. No date for the implementation of this cellular network-based system was given, other than 2023.

By 10:00 a.m. Friday, the SSN had recorded 94 replicas, the most intense being 4.4 in magnitude.

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