4.0 magnitude earthquake with epicenter in Nueva Italia, Michoacán

A shaking was registered in new italy at 7:21 local time (12:21 UTC) today, with a 4.0 magnitude and a depth of 78 kilometers.

According to preliminary information from the National Seismological Service (SSN), the epicenter of the telluric movement was located 51 km southeast of the city, in the state of Michoacán.

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 damage, use your phone only in an 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 follow the following measures before an earthquake: prepare a civil protection plan, organize evacuation drills, find safety zones at home, school, or workplace and make a emergency backpack.

during an earthquake keep calm and stay in a safe place, 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.

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Seismic activity in Mexico

Mexico is located in an area of ​​high geological activity, which exposes it to the constant risk of earthquakes. Proof of the above were the earthquakes of 1985 and 2017, which caused great damage, however, they have not been the largest in the country’s history, despite being among the most present in the memory of both nationals and foreigners.

The On March 28, 1787, the strongest earthquake recorded in the country occurred.. Oaxaca, then the central point of the Spanish colony, was the victim of a move of 8.6. That event was so impetuous that it was followed by a tsunami that reached 6 kilometers inland.

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.

However, a lower magnitude in a seismic event does not necessarily translate into a lower impact on buildings and infrastructure. Thus, in 1985 and 2017, the inhabitants of the capital, Mexico City, had to face the devastation caused by two earthquakes that became a watershed in their lives.

On September 19, 1985, an earthquake occurred. magnitude 8.2, with epicenter in the state of Guerrero. It was 07:19 local time (13:19 UTC). At that time, it was thought that there would be no more earthquakes of such dimensions, but a similar event occurred exactly 32 years later.

The one in 2017 occurred between the states of Puebla and Morelos at 13:14 local time (18:30 UTC). The balance of human victims reached 369 deaths.




4.0 magnitude earthquake with epicenter in Nueva Italia, Michoacán