Mexico is a seismic country so it is important to stay alert to telluric movements. (Infobae)
The inhabitants of the city of Peribán experienced an earthquake that reached 4.0 magnitude and had a depth of 10 kilometers.
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According to preliminary information from the National Seismological Service (SSN), the tremor occurred today at 2:47 local time (8:47 UTC), with an epicenter 1 km west of the city in the state of Michoacán.
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 the Civil Protection authorities, both local and state, as well as feds.
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After an earthquake, check your home for possible damage, use your phone only in an emergency, do not light matches or candles until you are sure there is no gas leak, and remember that aftershocks can occur, so it is important to be alert.
You can also take 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.
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During an earthquake, stay calm and stay in a safe place, stay away from objects that could fall; if you are in a vehicle, park and move away from buildings, trees and poles; and if you are on the coast, stay away from the beach and take refuge in high areas.
It is worth noting that Mexico is at constant risk of experiencing a large-magnitude earthquake, such as those that occurred in September 1985 and 2017. Such movements caused misfortunes and, despite being the most remembered, they have not been the largest in the country.
During colonial times, the strongest earthquake recorded in the history of what is now Mexico occurred. It occurred on March 28, 1787, its epicenter was in Oaxaca, it had a magnitude of 8.6. The movement was so violent that it caused not only the earth to shake, but also caused a tsunami that reached 6 kilometers inland.
Far from considering it an isolated event, the Seismic Instrumentation and Recording Center (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 can 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 and states were paralyzed by the unparalleled consequences of such telluric movements.
On September 19, 1985, an earthquake of magnitude 8.2 occurred, with its 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 this size, 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 (18:30 UTC). The balance of human victims reached 369 deaths.
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