Special Event: Near Coast of Chiapas Mexico

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September 8, 2017 M8.1 near coast of Chiapas, Mexico earthquake

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Event parameters (from USGS)

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Magnitude 8.1
UTC Time Friday September 8, 2017 at 04:49:21 UTC
Location 15.068°N, 93.715°W
Depth 69.7 km
Region near coast of Chiapas, Mexico
Distance 87km SW of Pijijiapan, Mexico
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[USGS Event KML] USGS ShakeMap

Ground acceleration spectrogram

[Robert Anthony, USGS] Ground acceleration spectrogram for the vertical component of SDDR
(Presa de Sabenta, Dominican Republic) from 28 August to 8 September 2017 (UTC). Power
Spectral Density (PSD; rel. 1 (m/s2)2/Hz) estimates were attained using the IRIS Noise Tool Kit
(NTK) using 2-hour windows with 50% overlap and 1/16th octave smoothing. The M 8.1 Mexico
earthquake along with a local (~100 km) M 4.3 event in Haiti, and a 4.5 in the northeast
Dominican Republic are noted. Two additional earthquakes (~M 4) located to the east of the
Dominican Republic can be seen as transient increases in power between ~1-5 Hz. Station
SDDR is located ~100 m from Sabana Yegua Dam and pump noise is quite prevalent at this
station. It appears the dam pumps are running continuously as Hurricane Irma passes the
Dominican Republic, likely in response to increased runoff into the reservoir.

Automatic determination of source parameters

[GEOSCOPE Observatory] Automatic determination of source parameters
using the SCARDEC method

 fault plane solution and the regional tectonics

[Afroz Shah, Universiti Brunei Darussalam] interpretation of event based on its fault plane
solution and the regional tectonics.

Event Plots

[IRIS DMC Event Plots Product] Combined and aligned on origin 0.3 to 1.0 Hz BHZ
(click on image to access the EventPlots for Mww 8.0 NEAR COAST OF CHIAPAS, MEXICO).

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Miscellaneous Contributions

 A Raspberryshake plot

[K. McLaughlin, Alexandria, VA] A Raspberryshake plot of the recording from my basement
corrected to a BB 0.01-2 Hz seismogram. Not bad for a 4.5 Hz geophone. It was an M8
after all.

Seismogram reading

[Gerald Payton, North Central Texas] Seismogram reading of Grandview, Texas station.

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Earthquakes Coast of Chiapas Mexico

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