One strong intensity earthquake just signed up for Huixtla at 22:29 local time (GMT+00:00), with a magnitude of 4.1 and a depth of 18 kilometers. Its epicenter was located 77 km southwest of that town.
Given the recentness of the telluric movement, The extent of the damage is still unknown in terms of material damage and human casualties.
Mexicans are used to this type of event, because the country is located in an area of high seismicity. It is worth remembering the great impact of the earthquakes of 1985 and 2017, which caused great damage throughout the Aztec territory. However, there are records of even more destructive movements in the history of this Latin American nation.
The strongest earthquake recorded in the history of Mexico had its epicenter in Oaxaca. That March 28, 1787the earth trembled with the strength of 8.6. Thus, the earth not only vibrated but also the sea showed its fury with a tsunami that penetrated up to 6 kilometers beyond the coastline.
In 2009, the Center for Instrumentation and Seismic Recording (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. It is believed that the epicenter will be located in the region between the Mexican and Central American coasts. It should be noted that the area, known as the Guerrero Breccia, has geological antecedents that support this hypothesis.
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.
The one on September 19, 1985 occurred at 7:19 local time (13:19 GMT) with a magnitude of 8.2 and with its 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 (6:30 p.m. GMT), with its epicenter in an area between the states of Puebla and Morelos. So, the fatalities reached 369 people.