On Earthquake Anniversary – Violent Earthquake Shakes Mexico: Tsunami Warning

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Ironically, on the anniversary of the two devastating earthquakes of 1985 and 2017, a magnitude 7.4 quake shook western Mexico. The center of the quake was 59 kilometers south of Coalcoman in the state of Michoacan on the Pacific coast, the National Seismological Institute announced Monday. A tsunami warning has been issued for parts of the coast. The quakes were also felt in Mexico City.

Several buildings swayed in the capital, but no damage was initially reported, explains Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo. The local metro operator also said necessary checks had been made and trains were able to run normally.

According to the USGS, the quake’s magnitude was 7.5, but US researchers later corrected their data to 7.6. The quake’s epicenter was reportedly located off the Pacific coast of the state of Michoacan at a depth of ten kilometers. US experts said in an initial statement that a tsunami cannot be ruled out.

Explosive Seismic Zone
Mexico borders the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and is one of the most seismically active countries in the world. The national territory extends over a total of five tectonic plates.

On September 19, 1985, an 8.1 on the Richter scale in Mexico City killed more than 10,000 people and destroyed hundreds of buildings. On September 19, 2017, an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale killed about 370 people, most of them in the capital.

Source: Krone

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