The Center for Instrumentation and Seismic Registration of Mexico (Cires) reported an earthquake of magnitude 4.4 on the Richter scale near Cd Hidalgo, at 11:48 a.m. local time (17:48 UTC). With a depth of 15 kilometers, it was perceived as light by the inhabitants of the town.
The extent of the impact in terms of material damage and human victims is still unknown, given the novelty of the earthquake.
This is not the first time that Mexico has suffered this type of onslaught of nature. Its geographical position places it at constant risk of experiencing these events. Thus, in 1985 and 2017, there were seismic movements that caused enormous destruction in the North American nation. Although these two are the most recognized today, they are not the largest in the territory.
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.
Experts from the Center for Instrumentation and Seismic Registration (Cires) estimate that the repetition of similar situations will be possible in the near future. These conclusions emerged from a study dated 2009 that attempted to analyze the aforementioned event. It was said then that there may be earthquakes of a similar magnitude off the coasts of Mexico and Central America. This is because said area has great potential for events of a geological nature, given its location in the so-called Brecha de Guerrero.
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.