Mexico Quake Not Seen As Tsunami Threat Here

The 7.8 temblor near Acapulco poses no tidal-wave danger to the Pacific Coast, authorities say.

The earthquake that struck Mexico this morning isn't seen as threatening to cause a tsunami along the Pacific Coast, officials say. Here's the official statement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration about the magnitude 7.8 quake that struck at around 11 a.m. near Acapulco:

A strong earthquake has occurred, but a tsunami is not expected along the California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, or Alaska coast. No tsunami warning, watch or advisory is in effect for these areas.

Based on the earthquake magnitude, location and historic tsunami records, a damaging tsunami is not expected along the California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska coasts. 

At 11:03 AM Pacific Daylight Time on March 20, an earthquake with preliminary magnitude 7.8 occurred in Guerrero, Mexico . (Refer to the United States Geological Survey for official earthquake parameters.) 

Pacific coastal regions outside California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska should refer to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center messages for information on the event.

This will be the only statement issued for this event by the West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center unless conditions warrant. See the WCATWC website for basic tsunami information, safety rules, and a tsunami travel time map and table. (NOTE: Travel time maps and tables indicate forecasted times only, not that a wave was generated.)


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