Mexico’s major earthquake in a fortnight has caused devastating damages with the death toll expected to cross 250. With rescue work going on in full swing, emergency and rescue personnel are having a tough time searching through the rubble for trapped survivors, if any.
It is unfortunate to note that Tuesday’s earthquake has occurred on 1985 earthquake’s 32nd anniversary.
Some interesting trivia about the earthquake that struck Mexico on 19th September 2017.
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Magnitude of Earthquake
This powerful earthquake of 7.1 magnitudes struck Mexico on Tuesday afternoon (19th September 2017) at around 1.15 pm (Local time). As per reports from US Geological Survey, Atencingo in the state of Puebla is the epicenter of this quake, located at 75 miles Mexico city (South-East) and at 32 miles depth.
Place of Impact
The Mexico City bore the major impact of this disaster with more than 86 casualties. Morelos town lost more than 71 of its population, followed by 43 deaths in the Puebla state.
According to Luis Felipe Puente, Civil Protection National Co-ordinator, Mexico City and the town of Morelos has plunged into total darkness and are still without power supply.
President Enrique Peña Nieto has declared a state of National Emergency.
Strongest one till date?
Mexico is yet to recover from 8.1 magnitude earthquake which struck some 10 days ago, resulting in a death toll of 90, as per reports from the governor of Oaxaca.
Well, Mexico was hit by an 8.1 magnitude earthquake almost 85 years ago in 1932. More than 400 were killed in that catastrophe that lasted just 1.5 minutes. Guatemala and Mexico were severely affected and thousands of them were rendered homeless.
A comparison with 1985 earthquake
The 1985 earthquake was a double whammy with two back to back earthquakes striking Mexico, within a span of two days from September 19th to 20th with one 8.0 magnitude earthquake.
The main difference is that the 1985 earthquake was 200 miles away from the city of Mexico, while this one is around 75 miles from the city of Mexico.
Even though 1985 earthquake was more sinister in nature, this recent earthquake has caused extensive damage leaving the bustling city in utter chaos.
Is tsunami warning in place?
As per official reports, no warning is in place right now. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a clarification stating that this earthquake was remotely inland and does not facilitate a warning.
Current Plan of Action
Emergency personnel and rescue workers are working overtime without any break to rescue those trapped under building ruins.
Mexican President Pena Nieto has strongly advised people to stay safe and check for gas leaks or building damages. Thousands of students have taken part in rescue efforts.
Future Earthquake Warnings
Currently, the early earthquake warning system known as SASMEX or Sistema de Alerta Sísmica Mexicano has the ability to warn the residents as early as possible.
It goes without saying that the early warning device must work in co-operation with seismic structural changes, so that precious lives can be saved in the neck of time.
The Grillo earthquake warning system will issue an alarm for about 90 seconds before they hit Mexico City.
It is a well-known fact that around 2 weeks ago a powerful earthquake of 8.1 magnitudes struck Mexico and now, a 7.1 magnitude has wrecked havoc on 19th September 2017.
We will take a look at some of the reasons that make Mexico is more prone to earthquake attacks.
- Mexico sits prettily on earth’s crust called as tectonic plates, whereas the recent earthquake was due to a fault on the Cocos plate. This Cocos plate shoots heavily under the crust pressure of plates (North American).
- Mexico City is more susceptible because it is sitting on the lake bed that is ancient. The vibrations when they pass, create an amplification effect causing more damage along its path.
- There is nothing marked as a season for earthquakes and the only way to safeguard lives and properties is to prepare well in advance.
Volcanic Eruption after Earthquake
It is still a debatable topic that earthquakes do and can cause volcanic eruptions.In the year 1960, Cordon Caulle volcano erupted after a major earthquake of magnitude 9.6 struck Chile.
Similarly, on the same day (September 19th,2017) it is no coincidence that volcano Popocatépetl erupted following the devastating earthquake in Puebla state.
If an eruption is waiting to happen, then a likely earthquake can cause magma to escape via conduits and fractures created by the earthquake. And that is the likely reason why massive earthquakes trigger major volcanic eruptions.
At this juncture, it is certain that Mexico is still not free from danger so long as Cocos crustal plate is forced under, beneath the plate of North America.
Adding a surreal touch and poignancy, Mexico’s September 19th, 2017 earthquake, unfortunately, struck on the 32nd memorial anniversary of 1985 deadly earthquake.
It is not unusual to find survivors buried deep under heaps of rubble and concrete; this recent quake was not an exception in this regard.
Rescuers miraculously found a girl child alive the next day at the Rebsamen school in the city of southern Mexico.Finally, a rescue dog was sent into the debris to confirm the survival. As per reports, 1 teacher and more than 11 children were rescued from the Rebsamen school.
Interestingly, Rodriguez was one of the lucky survivors who managed to dodge death when he was pulled out of the hospital rubble after the horrific 1985 earthquake that rocked Mexico more than 30 years ago.