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Mexico Earthquake January 22, 2003

At 0206Z on 22 January (2006 local time on 21 January), a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck southwestern Mexico. The epicenter of the temblor was 8 miles south of hte sity of Tecoman, Colima State, at coodinates 184824N/1035312W. According to press reports and Mexican Civil defense authorities, the earhtquake caused extensive damage to several cities in Colima state, minor damge in the states of Jalisco and Michoacan, and was felt as far away as Mexico City, located 310miles east of the epicenter. Approximately 25 fatalities have been reported; although little information is available on the impact of the earthquake to outlying communities. Sources consulted by GDIN that examined none fo the 15 cities in Mexico's Colima, Jalisco, and Michoacan states reveals no significant discernable dame to poipulation centers. While isolated instances of structural failure or collapse were noted, dame was generally light or not discernible. Major structures, more modern construction, major roads, and other infrastructure within the city were not visibly damged. According to press reports, the earthquake disrupted electric and telephone service throughout most of the Colima state. Elsewhere in Colima state, moderate damage was noted in the city of Tecoman and light damage has been reported in Juarez, Tecolapa and America; while no damge was observed in Chihatlan, madrid, and Coquimatlan. In Jalisco state, a multistory building reportedly partially collapsed in the coastal city of San Patricio. Light damage was noted (observed) elsewhere in the city. No discernible damge was noted in the Michoacan state city of Coahuayana.

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