The city of Pijijiapan experienced a tremor that reached 4.1 magnitude, categorized as light. It happened at 03:12 local time (GMT + 00:00), with an epicenter 108 km southwest of the city and a depth of 4 kilometers.
Still There are no details about material damage or victims as a consequence of this telluric movement, due to the recentness of the episode.
This is not the first time that Mexico has suffered this type of onslaught from 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.
The March 28, 1787, the strongest earthquake recorded in the country occurred. Oaxaca, then the central point of the Spanish colony, was the victim of a move of 8.6. That event so impetuous that it was followed by a tsunami that reached 6 kilometers inland.
According to a study carried out by the Center for Instrumentation and Seismic Recording (Cires) carried out in 2009 on the earthquake of March 28, 1787, it suggests that large earthquakes with magnitudes of 8.6 or greater could occur in the next few years. These will have as their epicenter the coasts of Mexico and Central America, as they are located in the Guerrero Gap, which accumulates a large amount of energy.
However, seismic events of lower magnitudes can also cause great destruction. During 1985 and 2017, Mexicans watched in amazement as the country’s capital descended into chaos. due to two earthquakes of an intensity less than that of 1787.
As for the one in 1985, it occurred on September 19 of that year at 7:19 local time (13:19 GMT), with its epicenter in the state of Guerrero and a magnitude of 8.2. Since then, it was believed that nothing like it would be repeated, but, coincidentally, it happened again exactly 32 years later.
In 2017, it happened at 1:14 p.m. local time (6:30 p.m. GMT), with its epicenter in an area between the states of Puebla and Morelos. So, the fatalities reached 369 people.