The Center for Instrumentation and Seismic Registration of Mexico (Cires) reported an earthquake of magnitude 4.2 on the Richter scale near G Leyva Solano (Benito Juarez), at 02:40 local time (08:40 UTC) . With a depth of 5 kilometers, it was perceived as light by the residents of the town.
Given the recent occurrence of the earthquake, the extent of the impact in terms of material damage and human victims is still unknown.
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.
On March 28, 1787, a colonial Oaxaca was shaken by what has been the strongest earthquake ever recorded in Mexico. With a magnitude of 8.6 on the Richter scale, it was followed by a tsunami that advanced 6 kilometers beyond the coast.
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 said 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 located in the so-called Brecha de Guerrero. This area is characterized by the accumulation of a large amount of geological energy.
Earthquakes like the one on this day bring to the memory of Mexicans the worst memories of 1985 and 2017, when all of Mexico City was paralyzed before the shocking consequences that each one left.
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.
That of 2017 occurred between the states of Puebla and Morelos at 1:14 p.m. local time (18:30 GMT). The balance of human victims reached 369 deaths.