The Center for Instrumentation and Seismic Registration of Mexico (Cires) reported an earthquake of magnitude 4.1 on the Richter scale near Coyuca De Benitez, at 00:26 local time (06:26 UTC). With a depth of 10 kilometers, it was perceived as light by the residents of the town.
There is still no news regarding the victims and the 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.
During the colony, the strongest earthquake recorded in the history of Mexico happened. Then, on March 28, 1787, its epicenter was in Oaxaca, with a magnitude of 8.6 on the Richter scale. The movement was so violent that it not only caused the earth to shake, but also a tsunami that reached 6 kilometers inland.
According to a study carried out by the Center for Instrumentation and Seismic Registration (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 coming 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, it does not take such a great magnitude to wreak havoc. Mexicans have 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.
On September 19, 1985, an earthquake of magnitude 8.2 on the Richter scale occurred, with its epicenter in the state of Guerrero. It was 07:19 local time (13:19 GMT). At that time, it was thought that there would be no more earthquakes of such dimensions, but a related event occurred exactly 32 years later.
That of 2017 was registered at 1:14 p.m. local time (18:30 GMT) with an epicenter on the limits of the states of Puebla and Morelos and left a balance of 369 deaths in the center of the country.