Why are there so many earthquakes in Mexico?

Why are there so many earthquakes in Mexico?

This Friday, another earthquake, of magnitude 5.2, shook Mexico. Although the authorities reported that there were no injuries and that a tsunami warning was not necessary, many in the country are nervous due to the seismic events this week.

So far, the SSN (National Seismological Service) reported that there have been 1,650 aftershocks of the magnitude 7.7 earthquake that occurred on September 19, the largest of which occurred in the early hours of September 22. And now, this Friday’s earthquake has been added to the list.

The SSC-CDMX (Secretariat of Citizen Security of Mexico City) reported that, after the activation of the seismic alert in the country’s capital, a woman lost her life after hitting her head when she fell down the stairs of her home, located in the Doctors neighborhood. , in the district of Cuauhtemoc. A man suffered a fatal heart attack upon hearing the earthquake alarm, according to local authorities.

Why are there so many earthquakes in Mexico right now?

According to the SSN, five tectonic plates interact in the Mexican Republic: the North American, Cocos, Pacific, Rivera and Caribbean plates. This caused, at least in 2017 after the earthquake of September 19 of that year, a total of 15,400 telluric movements.

SSN experts have reported that when two tectonic plates meet, they release a large amount of stress that can deform the earth’s crust and, for their evaluation, they require the use of adequate instruments to measure their impact.

The magnitude 7.1 earthquake that occurred on September 19, 2017, which left 370 dead and 7,289 injured, occurred because the Cocos plate settled below the North American plate and, when the material of that plate generated sudden movements in the surface, experts say.

Each tectonic plate has its own movement and is constant. While in the north of Mexico they move at a rate of three centimeters per year, in the south this speed can reach seven centimeters per year. That would explain the high seismicity in states like Chiapas and Oaxaca.

According to SSN estimates, from January 1990 to September 2017, more than 86,000 earthquakes have been recorded in Mexico. Every day 15 telluric movements of less than two degrees of magnitude are recorded.

Measurement systems have achieved greater precision in the measurement of these phenomena. Although 796 earthquakes were recorded in 1990 and 15,281 in 2016, this is not a cause for concern, experts say.

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