Screen_Shot_2015-12-17_at_2.20.56_PMA strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 struck southern Mexico, close to the town of Tres Picos in the state of Chiapas with tremors felt as far as Guatemala and Belize, located about 320 miles from the state of Chiapas.

The earthquake, which struck at 1:49 p.m., was centered about 5 miles southeast of Tres Picos, or 19 miles northwest of Pijijiapan. It struck about 72 miles deep, making it a relatively deep earthquake.

Mexico's National Seismological Service initially measured the strength of the earthquake at 6.4 but later upgraded it to a significantly stronger 6.6. The United States Geological Survey however, puts the preliminary magnitude of 6.4.

Computer models from the USGS estimated that some 22.1 million people may have felt the earthquake, including 232,000 people who may have observed "moderate" shaking.

The Civil Protection agency in Chiapas said there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, but said the situation was being monitored. Because the earthquake struck on land there is no threat of a tsunami or damages or casualties.

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