In May 23rd, 2007 at 14:09 there was an earthquake in Tampico with a magnitude of 5.2 in the Richter scale. The earthquake had its epicenter in the Gulf of Mexico at 167 kilometers to the Northeast of Tuxpan, Veracruz. Some schools were evacuated and a hospital in Ciudad Madero. The earthquake was also felt in areas near to Tampico, where earthquakes are unusual. It had only a duration of five seconds. In the north of Veracruz some workplaces were evacuated and the employees took refuge in public squares. There weren’t material damages and nobody died. Also in the coast there weren’t tsunamis and big waves. This earthquake wasn’t felt in the same intensity in the city of Tampico. In Tampico, Protección Civil received more of 100 phone calls in that day, and during one hour after the earthquake the phones didn’t stop ringing. According to the Servicio Sismológico Nacional, earthquakes in this area are less common, and the strongest earthquake in the Gulf of Mexico to that date had a magnitude of 5.7 in September 10th, 2006. Also they said that this earthquake was the result of tectonic movements in the interior of the North American plate.

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