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Tremor in Mexico today, Monday October 2, 2023: magnitude and epicenter, according to an SSN report

Mexico, a country with a long history of seismic activity, has recently been rocked by several earthquakes. In this article you will find the details of the latest earthquake, including its magnitude and epicenter according to the report of the National Seismological Service (SSN), as well as the reasons for the frequent seismic activity in Mexico and in the most affected by earthquakes. .

Tremors in Mexico this October 2

During the day of this Monday it shook several times in Mexico and in this note you will find the evolution of the land movements that occur that day. See details of the latest earthquake that shook the country:

08:54 Magnitude: 4.4; Port of Vallarta

Latitude: 19.84Longitude: -105.60°Depth: 15 km

04:45 Magnitude: 3.3; San Felipe

Latitude: 31.36Longitude: -115.41°Depth: 10 km

04:06 Magnitude: 3.7; Mapastepec

Latitude: 15.63Longitude: -92.80°Depth: 126.9 km

01:15 Magnitude: 3.9; Saint Rosalie

Latitude: 27.89Longitude: -111.92°Depth: 16.8 km

00:42 Magnitude: 3.5; Oaxaca

Latitude: 15.53Longitude: -97.16°Depth: 16.3 km

Why is he shaking so much?

Seismic activity in Mexico is the result of its geographic location in a seismically active region. The country is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area where several tectonic plates converge and constantly shift.

In particular, the Cocos Plate is sinking beneath the North American Plate off the Mexican Pacific coast, generating a constant buildup of tectonic stress and, eventually, the release of energy in the form of earthquakes.

In addition to the subduction of the Cocos Plate, Mexico also lies at the intersection of several major geological faults, such as the San Andreas Fault and the Guerrero Fault. These faults are points of release of additional seismic energy, contributing to the high seismic activity of the region.

What are the areas most affected in Mexico by earthquakes?

Mexico is a large country, and while earthquakes can occur in various regions, some areas are more vulnerable due to their proximity to major geological faults and historical seismic activity. These areas include:

The Pacific Coast: Mexico’s Pacific coastal regions, such as Guerrero, Oaxaca, and Chiapas, are particularly vulnerable to earthquakes due to the interaction of tectonic plates in this area. Mexico City: the country’s capital is located in a seismically active region due to its location in the subduction zone of the Cocos plate. The city’s devastating history of earthquakes, such as that of 1985, has led to increased awareness and preparation for earthquakes in the metropolis. The Baja California region: This area is also prone to seismic activity due to the complex interaction of tectonic plates in the region. Gulf of California.

Importantly, Mexico has implemented strict building codes and safety protocols to reduce seismic risk in the most affected areas. Additionally, educating the public on how to act during an earthquake and creating emergency plans are essential to protect the population and reduce risks associated with seismic activity in the country.

Likewise, it is considered essential to have an emergency kit that includes essential supplies such as water, non-perishable food, flashlight, batteries, first aid kit, and important documents.

Additionally, it is important to identify safety zones at home and in the workplace, as well as establish a communication plan with family and friends in the event of separation during an earthquake. Education on how to act during an earthquake, such as seeking shelter under a sturdy table or structure and remaining calm, is also essential to effective preparation.

The recent tremors in Mexico are a reminder of the constant seismic activity in the region, due to its geographic location on the Pacific Ring of Fire. Preparedness and public awareness are crucial to minimize risks and ensure safety in a country facing seismic threat.

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