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No Tsunami Threat to Hawaiʻi After 6.4M Mexico Earthquake

December 17, 2015, 9:30 AM HST
* Updated December 17, 3:53 PM
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Chiapas, Mexico quake, Dec. 17, 2015, image courtesy: PTWC.

Chiapas, Mexico quake, Dec. 17, 2015, image courtesy: PTWC.

There is no tsunami threat to Hawaiʻi following a 6.4M (preliminary magnitude 6.6) earthquake reported at 9:50 a.m. (HST) on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 near the coast of Chiapas, Mexico, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The agency issued an information statement saying that bases on all available data, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected, and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaiʻi.

  • The USGS reports that the quake was centered:
  • 7 miles ENE of Tres Picos, Mexico;
  • 19 miles NW of Pijijiapan, Mexico;
  • 25 miles ESE of Tonala, Mexico;
  • 39 miles SE of Arriaga, Mexico; and
  • 213 miles WNW of Guatemala City, Guatemala.


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