An earthquake of magnitude 4.4 was recorded in the vicinity of Salina Cruz at 1:02 local time (6:02 UTC) today, reported the National Seismological Service (SSN).
Preliminary information indicates that the epicenter of the tremor was 52 km southeast of the city in the state of Oaxaca and had a depth of 23 km.
In the event of significant seismic activity, the National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred) recommends not falling for rumors or false news and only inform yourself from official sourcessuch as the Civil Protection authorities, both local and state, as well as federal.
After an earthquake, check your home in search of possible damage, use your cell phone only in case of emergency, do not light matches or candles until you are sure that there is no gas leak and remember that earthquake aftershocks may occurso it is important to be vigilant.
You can also take the following steps before an earthquake: prepares a civil protection plan, organizes evacuation drills, identifies safety zones at home, school, or workplace and make a emergency backpack.
during an earthquake keep calm and stay in a safe zone, 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.
Seismic activity in Mexico
Mexico stands out as one of the countries with the most seismic activity. In popular memory, the events of 1985 and 2017 are remembered above all, tremors that caused devastation in their territory. Despite being the most remembered, they were not the largest since modern times.
The strongest earthquake recorded in the history of what is now Mexico had its epicenter in Oaxaca. That March 28, 1787trembled with the force of magnitude 8.6. The earth not only vibrated but also the sea showed its fury with a tsunami that penetrated up to 6 kilometers beyond the coastline.
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 next few 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.
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 before the unparalleled consequences of such telluric movements.
As for the one in 1985, it occurred on September 19 of that year at 7:19 local time (13:19 UTC), with its epicenter in the state of Guerrero and a magnitude of 8.2. Since then, it was believed that nothing like it would be repeated, but, coincidentally, it happened again exactly 32 years later.
The 2017 one was recorded at 1:14 p.m. local time (6:30 p.m. UTC) with an epicenter on the borders of the states of Puebla and Morelos and left a balance of 369 deaths in the center of the country.