A light earthquake shakes the city of Acapulco

It is reported light seismic activity –4.0 degrees on the Richter scale– in Acapulco. The episode took place at 04:00 local time (10:00 UTC), with an epicenter 21 km southwest of said town and a depth of 5 kilometers.

Still there is no news regarding the victims and material damage that has caused this earthquake.

Mexico stands out as one of the North American countries with the most seismic activity. In popular memory, the events of 1985 and 2017 stand out above all, movements that caused devastation in their territory. Despite being the most remembered, they were not the largest since modern times.

The March 28, 1787, a colonial Oaxaca was shaken by what has been the strongest earthquake recorded in Mexico up to now. With a 8.6 magnitude on the Richter scale, was followed by a tsunami that advanced 6 kilometers beyond the coast.

In 2009, the Center for Instrumentation and Seismic Registration (Cires) carried out a study to further investigate the events of 1787. It was then suggested that an event with a force greater than 8.6 degrees may occur soon. The epicenter is believed to be located in the region between the Mexican and Central American coasts. It should be noted that the area, known as the Guerrero Gap, has geological antecedents that support this hypothesis.

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.

The one of September 19, 1985 occurred at 7:19 local time (13:19 GMT) with a magnitude of 8.2 Richter and with an epicenter in the state of Guerrero. Since that earthquake, many thought that something like this would not happen again. But it happened again exactly 32 years later.

In 2017, it happened at 1:14 p.m. local time (18:30 GMT), with its epicenter in an area between the states of Puebla and Morelos. So, the fatalities reached 369 people.


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