The National Seismological Service (SSN) reported a magnitude 4.0 tremor near Guerrero Negro that occurred at 4:21 a.m. local time (9:21 UTC).
Preliminary information indicates that the earthquake had an epicenter 146 km north of the city, in the state of Baja California Sur, with a depth of 10 km and was felt by local residents.
In the face of significant seismic activity, the National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred) calls not to fall for rumors or false news and only get information from official sources, such as Civil Protection authorities, both local and state, as well as federal. .
After an earthquake, check your house for possible damage, use your cell phone only in emergencies, do not light matches or candles until you are sure there are no gas leaks, and remember that aftershocks can occur, so it is important to keep alert.
You can also follow the following measures before an earthquake: prepare a civil protection plan, participate in evacuation drills, identify safety zones at home, school or workplace and prepare an emergency backpack.
During an earthquake keep calm and stay in a safe place, stay away from objects that could fall; if you are in a car, park and move away from buildings, trees and poles; and if you are located on the coast, stay away from the beach and take refuge in high areas.
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Earthquakes in Mexico
It is worth noting that Mexico is at constant risk of experiencing an earthquake of great magnitude, such as those that occurred in September of the years 1985 and 2017. Such movements caused misfortunes and, despite being the most remembered, they have not been the greatest magnitude in the country.
The strongest earthquake recorded in the history of what is now Mexico occurred on March 28, 1787, at the time of the Spanish colony. Its epicenter was in Oaxaca and it had a magnitude of 8.6. This not only caused the earth to vibrate in an incredible way, but even caused a tsunami that reached 6 kilometers inland.
According to a study by the Center for Instrumentation and Seismic Recording (Cires) carried out in 2009 on the earthquake of March 28, 1787, 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 mind for Mexicans the worst memories of the earthquakes of 1985 and 2017, when all of Mexico City and other states were paralyzed by the shocking consequences left by each one.
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 UTC). 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 13:14 local time (18:30 UTC). The balance of human victims reached 369 deaths.