A magnitude 3.7 tremor was recorded in the vicinity of Puerto Peñasco at 12:00 local time (GMT+00:00). It had a very light intensity and a depth of 19 kilometers.
There are still no details about material damage or victims as a result of this telluric movement, due to the recentness of the episode.
Mexico stands out as one of the North American countries with the most seismic activity. In popular memory, the events of 1985 and 2017 stand out above all, movements that caused devastation in their territory. Despite being the most remembered, they were not the largest since modern times.
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. That event so impetuous that it was followed by a tsunami that reached 6 kilometers inland.
Far from considering it an isolated event, the Center for Instrumentation and Seismic Recording (Cires) estimates the possibility that the country will face a similar situation in the near future. In the studies carried out in 2009 to analyze the aforementioned event, it was concluded that earthquakes of a similar magnitude could develop in the area located between the coasts of Mexico and Central America. There, in the so-called Guerrero Gap, there is great geological potential to cause catastrophes of such proportions.
However, such a large magnitude is not necessary to sow chaos. Mexicans keep memories of minor earthquakes, which occurred in 1985 and 2017. On such occasions, the entire capital was paralyzed before the unparalleled consequences of such telluric movements.
On September 19, 1985, an earthquake of magnitude 8.2 occurred, with an 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 similar event occurred exactly 32 years later.
The one in 2017 occurred between the states of Puebla and Morelos at 1:14 p.m. local time (6:30 p.m. GMT). The balance of human victims reached 369 deaths.