On the night of this Wednesday, September 16, an earthquake surprised the state of Chiapas. According to National Seismological Service (SSN), the preliminary magnitude is 5.5 and the epicenter was northeast of Huixtla. They also report that the exact moment of the earthquake was at 8:13 p.m. (local time).
So far no casualties or structural damage have been reported; however, local authorities are already mobilizing in different areas to determine the impact.
The National Center for Civil Protection (CNPC) reported that, through the National Center for Communication and Operation of Civil Protection (CENACOM), “will maintain communication with the State and Municipal Civil Protection Units and with the members of the CNE to carry out a preliminary assessment of the area where the earthquake occurred”.
This information was confirmed by Alfonso Durazo, owner of the Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC), who published on his official Twitter account the record of the earthquake and that, so far, no damage has been reported.
“An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 5.5 was registered with an epicenter northwest of Huixtla, Chiapas. At the moment, and in a preliminary way, no damages are reported. We are in communication with the state and municipal units of Civil Protection. For more information, I ask you to keep an eye on the account of the National Civil Protection ”, published the Secretary of Security on his official Twitter account.
Mexico is one of the countries related to the ring of fire, a tectonic plate located under the Pacific Ocean that maintains constant movement which causes tremors and unusual volcanic activity.
The countries that have access to this oceanic extension as Mexico, Chile, United States, Guatemala, Japan, Indonesia, China, etc.. they suffer from tremors constantly. It should be noted that most of these earthquakes are of less impact; However, their unpredictability makes the governments of these nations always aware of the movements of the tectonic plates.
So far this year, there has only been one strong earthquake in the Mexican Republic and it was the one that occurred on June 23, with a magnitude of 7.5.
Despite the fact that the epicenter of this earthquake occurred in Oaxaca, a state with access to said ocean, it could be felt as far as Mexico City, the capital of the country located in the center of the republic.
However, the damage was diametrically different, because while in Oaxaca, this tremor left a balance 10 dead and more than 500 damaged homesTherefore, the Ministry of National Defense (Sedena) implemented the emergency plan DN-III-E and installed shelters to attend to the victims, in the CDMX only registered damage to the structures of some buildings. It should also be remembered that on the day of the incident, the seismic alert sounded long enough in advance so that the buildings of the national capital could be evacuated properly without presenting difficulties among the inhabitants.
In fact, the most serious damage was that of the 40 families who had to vacate Building 52 of the Lindavista Vallejo Housing Unit, as it had also suffered structural damage in the 2017 earthquake.
In this regard, the authorities of the Mayor Gustavo A. Madero are working on the reconstruction of the property to reinstate those affected.