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Cartersville | Tellus Museum records 7.4 Mexican earthquake
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Cartersville | Tellus Museum records 7.4 Mexican earthquake

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. -- A seismograph at the Tellus Science Museum in northwest Georgia recorded Tuesday's strong earthquake in southern Mexico.

The 7.4 magnitude quake shook Mexico City located 200 miles north of the epicenter at 2:02 pm EDT.

Mexico City's mayor Marcelo Ebrard reported both the city and it's airport was running as normal.

Cartersville's Tellus Museum curator Julian Gray discussed the region's quake history, "This is a region with a history of large earthquakes as it is at a convergent tectonic plate boundry."

Gray explained it took five minutes for the seismic signals to travel from southern Mexico to north Georgia.

The U.S. Geological Survey told this reporter that the quake originated 12.4 miles below the surface on the coastal shores south of Acapulco.

A 4.8 magnitude shook the same region thirty minutes prior to the 7.4 quake, and a 5.1 aftershock rumbled ten minutes after the strong earthquake.

Gray added, "Annually there are about ten magnitude 7.0 or greater earthquakes worldwide, and this is the third in 2012."

 

(Charles Atkeison covers science & technology which impacts Georgia for NBC Atlanta's 11Alive.com. Follow his updates via Twitter @AbsolutSpaceGuy.)

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