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Mapastepec, Chiapas, registers an earthquake of 4.6 magnitude

A earthquake checked in mapastepec at 12:05 local time (18:05 UTC) today, with a magnitude of 4.6 and a depth of 63.2 kilometers.

According to preliminary information from the National Seismological Service (SSN), the epicenter of the telluric movement was located 58 km southwest of the city, in the state of Chiapas.

In the event 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 sourcessuch as the Civil Protection authorities, both local and state, as well as federal.

after an earthquake, check your house in search of possible damages, use your cell phone only in an emergency, do not light matches or candles until you make sure there is no gas leak and remember that there may be aftershocks of the earthquakeso it is important to stay alert.

You can also take the following measures before an earthquake: prepares a civil protection plan, participates in evacuation drills, identifies security zones at home, school or workplace and set up a emergency backpack.

during a tremor keep calm and stay in a safety zone, stay away from objects that may 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.

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Seismic activity in Mexico

Mexicans are used to this type of event, because The country is located in a zone of high seismicity. It is worth remembering the great impact of the earthquakes of 1985 and 2017, which caused great havoc throughout the Aztec territory. However, there are records of even more destructive movements in the country’s history.

The strongest earthquake on record In the history of what is now Mexico, the March 28, 1787, at the time of the Spanish colony. Its epicenter was in Oaxaca and 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.

In 2009, the Seismic Instrumentation and Recording Center (Cires) carried out a study to further investigate the events of 1787. It was then suggested that an event with a force greater than 8.6 degrees may occur soon. It is believed that the epicenter will be located in the region between the Mexican and Central American coasts. It should be noted that the area, known as the Guerrero Gap, has geological precedents that support this hypothesis.

Earthquakes like the one on this day bring to the memory of Mexicans The worst memories of the 1985 and 2017 earthquakeswhen all of Mexico City and other states were paralyzed by the shocking consequences that each one left behind.

The one on September 19, 1985 occurred at 7:19 local time (13:19 UTC) with a magnitude of 8.2 and with 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.

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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