Very light seismic activity –3.7 degrees on the Richter scale– is reported in Huixtla. The episode took place at 09:57 local time (15:57 UTC), with an epicenter 73 km southwest of said town and a depth of 8 kilometers.
Due to the recentness of this episode, there are still no details about material damage or victims as a result of this earthquake.
The North American country is located in an area of high geological activity, which exposes it to the constant risk of suffering this type of event. Proof of the above were the earthquakes of 1985 and 2017, which caused great damage. Despite being one of the most present in the memory of both nationals and foreigners, they were not the largest.
On 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 movement of 8.6 on the Richter scale. That event was 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 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.
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.