Mexican authorities on alert due to a slight earthquake in Mapstepec

It is reported light seismic activity –4.1 degrees on the Richter scale– in Mapstepec. The episode took place at 19:19 local time (01:19 UTC), with an epicenter 138 km southwest of said town and a depth of 4 kilometers.

Given the recent earthquake, the extent of the impact is still unknown in terms of material damage and human victims.

This is not the first time that Mexico has suffered this type of onslaught of nature. Its geographical position places it at constant risk of experiencing these events. Thus, in 1985 and 2017, there were seismic movements that caused enormous destruction in the North American nation. Although these two are the most recognized today, they are not the largest in the territory.

During the colony, it happened the strongest earthquake recorded in the history of Mexico. So he March 28, 1787, its epicenter was in Oaxaca, with a magnitude of 8.6 on the Richter scale. The movement was so violent that it not only caused the earth to shake, but also a tsunami that reached 6 kilometers inland.

Experts from the Center for Instrumentation and Seismic Registration (Cires) estimate that it will be possible to repeat similar situations in the near future. These conclusions emerged from a study dated 2009 that attempted to analyze the aforementioned event. It was said then that there may be earthquakes of a similar magnitude off the coasts of Mexico and Central America. This is because this area has great potential for events of a geological nature, given its location in the so-called Brecha de Guerrero.

However, it does not take such a great magnitude to wreak havoc. Mexicans keep memories of minor earthquakes, which occurred in 1985 and 2017. On such occasions, the entire capital was paralyzed by the unparalleled consequences of such earthquakes.

As for 1985, it occurred on September 19 of that year at 7:19 local hours (13:19 GMT), with its epicenter in the state of Guerrero and a magnitude of 8.2 on the Richter scale. Since then, it was believed that nothing like it would repeat itself, but, coincidentally, it happened again exactly 32 years later.

That of 2017 was registered at 1:14 p.m. local time (18:30 GMT) with an epicenter on the limits of the states of Puebla and Morelos and left a balance of 369 deaths in the center of the country.

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