January 2017 most active for earthquakes in Mexico in last 10 years
Figures from the National Seismological Service (SSN) reveal that last January seismic activity in Mexico recorded an unprecedented increase of 92.64 percent over the same month of the last decade.
Last month, 1,124 earthquakes occurred, of which only two had magnitudes equal to or greater than five, while in January 2016, 984 earthquakes were reported, three of them with magnitudes equal to or greater than five.
According to the data of the Institute of Geophysics of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, in the first month of 2007, 90 earthquakes were recorded; In 2008 there were 125; In 2009 there were 153; In 2010 there were 187.
For the following year 2011, the figure increased almost double to 323 earthquakes; In 2012 there were 405; In 2013 there were 311; In 2014 463 occurred and in 2015 they registered 791.
The first earthquake of magnitude five registered in 2017 occurred on January 12, with an epicenter 19 kilometers southwest of Ometepec, Guerrero; The other occurred on January 25 and had a magnitude of 5.1, 36 kilometers south of Jaltipan de Morelos Veracruz.
The Institute of Geophysics of the Autonomous University of Mexico reported the strongest in January 2016 with a magnitude of 6.5 and was recorded on January 21, 2016, 277 kilometers west of Cihuatlán, Jalisco.
The other two had magnitudes of 5.3 and 5.0, 247 kilometers southwest of Puerto Vallarta and 81 kilometers southeast of Crucecita, Oaxaca, respectively.