The images are shocking: shaking in empty environments; chaos in the streets and the sky illuminated by the lights of the earthquake. The videos quickly went viral on social media.
The 7.1 magnitude earthquake that shook Mexico City and surrounding regions on Tuesday night registered at least one death, although no major damage has yet been reported, except for the fall of fences and stones and various scenes of panic among the people. who vacated houses and buildings. The seismic alert allowed many people to evacuate in time from the structures, seconds before the earthquake struck.
Although, according to national authorities, there was no serious damage to infrastructure , the governor of Guerrero, Héctor Astudillo, reported that an individual died in the municipality of Coyuca de Benítez after a light pole fell on him.
In addition to being in Guerrero , the earthquake also shook states in central and southwestern Mexico such as Mexico City, Oaxaca, Michoacán, Puebla, Querétaro and Veracruz .
The central movement was followed by at least 73 aftershocks registered in the first hours after the earthquake, the most powerful being a magnitude of 5.2 on the Richter Scale.
Despite the rain that affected Mexico City, many individuals took to the streets scared , with the memory in mind of the two earthquakes that the country suffered in 2017: one of them on September 7 and another on September 19. same month .
The Chiapas Earthquake , which occurred on September 7, 2017 , was one of the strongest in the history of Mexico with a magnitude of 8.2 on the Richter Scale: it left – exactly four years ago – a balance of 100 deaths and at least less 2.5 million affected by the damage and accidents.
In addition, 12 days later Mexico suffered another seismic tragedy even stronger for its population: the Puebla Earthquake, which, although it was of a magnitude of 7.1 , left about 370 dead and Mexico City destroyed.
The date of the Puebla Earthquake also coincided with the earthquake that occurred in the country on September 19, 1985 , which had a magnitude of 8.1 and, according to updated data from the National Seismological System, claimed about 40,000 victims . However, the real figure was never known since, at the time, the government censored a lot of information and put the number between 3,000 and 6,000 victims .