Published On: Tue, Jan 13th, 2015

Unprecedented Earthquake in Playa del Carmen and Tulum

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An earthquake was registered on the evening of Sunday January 10th, with an epicenter near Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, an area traditionally considered non seismic.


According to Margarita Vidal Amaro of the National Seismological Service, an earthquake of magnitude 4.2 on the Richter scale occurred at 9:49 pm on Sunday January 10th 2015. The epicenter was located exactly 67 kilometers (41 miles) southwest of Playa del Carmen, in Quintana Roo.


Several Twitter users such as @FerDelor, @arnulfo_26, @CarlosQuikeYam and @linachapa among others, posted comments regarding this unusual event in this part of the country.


The government of Quintana Roo requested support from national institutions on Monday January 12th, to help determine the causes of this earthquake that occurred off the coast of Tulum. But the National Seismological Service in Mexico City officially confirmed the event since Sunday January 11th.


Vidal Amaro explained that the quake occurred on the mainland and so there was no danger of a tsunami in the area.  She added that even though earthquakes are unprecedented in the area, there are tectonic plates all over Mexico, which can lead to earthquakes.


The quake was felt with greater magnitude in the town of Tulum, according to reports on social networks.





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  1. Linda Harasim says:

    I live on the west side of Tulum pueblo, and definitely felt the first quake. I was lying down on my bed, working on my computer, and the quake was so strong that I couldn’t get off my bed. However, I did not feel the other 2 quakes reported in this article. I was up working most of the night and did not feel a thing.

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