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5.8 magnitude earthquake with epicenter in central Mexico shakes the country’s capital

5.8 magnitude earthquake with epicenter in central Mexico shakes the country’s capital

A earthquake of magnitude 5.8 with an epicenter in Puebla, a state in central Mexico, activated the seismic alert in Mexico City this Thursday and shook different areas of the country.

The National Seismological Service (SSN) located the epicenter 25 kilometers south of Chiautla de Tapia, in the central state of Puebla.

The seismic alert sounded. The epicenter is close to Mexico City. In a moment we continue reporting”, Martí Batres, head of Government of the Mexican capital, wrote on his social networks.

All alright? At this moment I am communicating with @PC_Estatal (State Civil Protection) to have a detailed report of the earthquake“, wrote the governor of Puebla, Sergio Salomón Céspedes, on his X account (formerly Twitter).

Other states that perceived the movement were Morelos, Puebla and the state of Mexico, in the center of the country.

Earthquake reports

At the moment, “no damage reported in Mexico City”, Mayor Martí Batres reported on his X account.

The Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, immediately contacted Civil Protection authorities to find out about potential damages.

Apparently the shaking was not that strong. Anyway, we will give more information soon.“said the president in a video on X.

Mexico is located between five tectonic plates whose movements make the country one of those with the highest seismic activity in the world, particularly on the Pacific coast, from the border with Guatemala to the state of Jalisco (west).

On September 19, 1985, an 8.1 earthquake with its epicenter on the Pacific coast, between the states of Guerrero and Michoacán, shook much of the center and south of the country and devastated a large area of ​​Mexico City.

Also on September 19, but in 2017, a 7.1 earthquake left 369 dead, most of them in Mexico City.

On the same day, in 2022, the center of the country was shaken by another earthquake, a couple of hours after millions of Mexicans had participated in a civil protection drill.

With information from EFE and AFP

Source: Gestion

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