The National Seismological Service (SSN) reported on a magnitude 4.0 earthquake near Madera which happened at 11:38 a.m. local time (16:38 UTC).
Preliminary information indicates that the tremor had an epicenter 100 km south of the city, in the state of Chihuahua, with a depth of 10 km and was felt by local residents.
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 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’s important to stay alert.
You can also follow the following measures before an earthquake: prepares a civil protection plan, organizes evacuation drills, identifies safety zones at home, school or workplace and prepare a emergency backpack.
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 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 March 28, 1787a colonial Oaxaca was shaken by what has been the strongest earthquake recorded in what is now Mexico until now. With a magnitude of 8.6was followed by a tsunami that moved 6 kilometers beyond the coast.
In 2009, the Center for Instrumentation and Seismic Recording (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 Breccia, has geological antecedents that support this hypothesis.
But even smaller earthquakes can cause major damage. Examples of the above were the seismic events of 1985 and 2017. On those occasions, the life of the inhabitants of Mexico City was disrupted, while both the Government and private citizens rebuilt buildings and infrastructure.
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.
In 2017, it happened at 13:14 local time (18:30 UTC), with its epicenter in an area between the states of Puebla and Morelos. Then, the death toll reached 369.