03/28/1787 | 1787 Mexico Earthquake


This event is described as a large earthquake affecting Oaxaca, Guerrero and Michoacan with major distruction. Observation of oscillated long lasting movement in Mexico city similar to 1985 have been reported. The city of Acapulca has been destroyed (both by tsunami and earthquake).

Hypocenter estimated by the author.

Events in the same region
Date Title Region Preferred Magnitude Quality*
1787 Mar 28th, 12:08 1787 Mexico Earthquake Mexico 8.6 C
  • GHEA (GHEC v1.0) -Albini P., Musson R.M.W., Rovida A., Locati M., Gomez Capera A.A., and Viganò D. (2014). The Global Earthquake History. Earthquake Spectra, May 2014, Vol.30, No.2, pp. 607-624. http://doi.org/10.1193/122013EQS297 - Link
  • Suarez and Albini (2009) -Suárez, Gerardo, and Paola Albini. "Evidence for great tsunamigenic earthquakes (M 8.6) along the Mexican subduction zone." Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 99.2A (2009): 892-896. - Link
Event Characteristics
Preferred Magnitude 8.60 (7.20-8.60)
Epicenter 16.300°N, -98.000°E
Depth 25 km
Tsunami yes
Paleo-Event no
Quality of Evidence C

Magnitude Range
Year Reference Magnitude
2014 GHEA (GHEC v1.0) 8.4 (7.2-8.6)
2009 Suarez and Albini (2009) 8.6

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