The Center for Instrumentation and Seismic Registration of Mexico (Cires) reported an earthquake measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale near Acapulco, being 20:40 in local time (01:40 UTC). With a depth of 8 kilometers, it was perceived as light by the residents of the town.
Given the recent earthquake, the extent of the impact is still unknown in terms of material damage and human victims.
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.
The strongest earthquake on record in the history of Mexico occurred the March 28, 1787, at the time of the Spanish colony. Its epicenter was in Oaxaca and had a magnitude of 8.6 on the Richter scale. Not only did this make the earth vibrate incredibly, it even triggered a tsunami that reached 6 kilometers inland.
According to data from the Center for Instrumentation and Seismic Registration (Cires), carried out in 2009 on the aforementioned earthquake, there is the possibility of a repetition of events above this magnitude. It is estimated that they may occur in the years to come. Its epicenter is calculated on the coasts of Mexico and Central America, since these are in the so-called Brecha de Guerrero. This area is characterized by the accumulation of a large amount of geological energy.
Earthquakes like the one on this day bring to the memory of Mexicans worst memories of 1985 and 2017, when all of Mexico City was paralyzed before the shocking consequences that each one left.
The one of September 19, 1985 occurred at 7:19 local time (13:19 GMT) with a magnitude of 8.2 Richter and with an epicenter in the state of Guerrero. Since that earthquake, many thought that something like this would not happen again. But it happened again exactly 32 years later.
In 2017, it happened at 1:14 p.m. local time (18:30 GMT), with its epicenter in an area between the states of Puebla and Morelos. So, the fatalities reached 369 people.