Just before 9 p.m. CT on Tuesday evening, a 7.0 earthquake hit eight miles southeast of Acapulco, Mexico. According to the United States Geological Survey, citizens near the quake could continue to see landslides and soil liquefaction.
The country has released a tsunami warning in the aftermath of the tremor. The quake was a result of shifting plates on or near the boundary between the Cocos and North American plates. The USGS also stated that the activity was very shallow, just 7.8 miles underground. This makes the tremors seem that much stronger.
While the earthquake only lasted a few seconds, its sheer power could be felt in the surrounding towns, including Mexico City, located 230 miles north of Acapulco. Reports of power outages and rockslides were among the damages that the affected areas saw. So far, there are no associated fatalities or severe infrastructural compromisations.
“There are no serious damages,” Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said in a video regarding the earthquake. “Fortunately, we do not have any information about loss of life at this time.”
Take a look at how the earthquake shook Acapulco, causing almost complete darkness for the otherwise busy town.
Latest Earthquake in Mexico is Just One of Many Within Past Few Years
Earthquakes in Mexico are more frequent than residents would like them to be. In fact, just last year, Oaxaca saw a 7.5 magnitude earthquake that took six lives and hundreds of homes. In 2017, a 7.1 earthquake struck the central region of the nation, killing at least 225 people. Oddly enough, this quake occurred on the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 tremor which had a death toll in the thousands. This included a group of children trapped under a collapsed school. While the country has a tragic record of lost lives from natural disasters, the decreasing number does point to a silver lining.
According to New York Times, Mexico has continued to dramatically improve building codes and safety precautions since the first devastating earthquake in the 80s. And from the initial reports from authorities, it seems to have paid off.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that the nation is clear of all danger just yet. Aftershocks can be just as damaging as the actual quake itself because they can occur up to hours after the first shake. Most times, injuries and fatalities happen because citizens think it is safe to resume normal activity, but these aftershocks can further any infrastructural damage, causing more debris to fall and collapse.
Meanwhile, Mexico must also remain on high alert for any signs of a tsunami, which can sometimes follow the path of an earthquake that occurs on or near an oceanic plate. The country’s authorities and the USGS will continue to monitor the ground’s conditions in the following days.