The Center for Instrumentation and Seismic Registration of Mexico (Cires) reported an earthquake of magnitude 3.5 on the Richter scale near Guerrero Negro, at 12:11 local time (18:11 UTC). With a depth of 4 kilometers, it was perceived as very light by the residents of the town.
There is still no news regarding the victims and material damage caused by this earthquake.
Mexicans are used to this type of event, since 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 occurred on March 28, 1787, at the time of the Spanish colony. Its epicenter was in Oaxaca and had a magnitude of 8.6 on the Richter scale. Not only did this make the earth vibrate incredibly, it even triggered a tsunami that reached 6 kilometers inland.
According to data from the Center for Instrumentation and Seismic Registration (Cires), carried out in 2009 on the aforementioned earthquake, there is the possibility of a repetition of events above this magnitude. It is estimated that they may occur in the years to come. Its epicenter is calculated on the coasts of Mexico and Central America, since these are in the so-called Brecha de Guerrero. This area is characterized by the accumulation of a large amount of geological energy.
However, seismic events of lower magnitudes can also cause great destruction. During 1985 and 2017, Mexicans watched with amazement as the country’s capital was plunged into chaos due to two earthquakes of less intensity than that of 1787.
As for 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 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.
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.