how common are earthquakes in mexico

How common are Earthquakes in Mexico? 1,648 recorded in August

According to information from the National Seismological Service, last month Mexico recorded a total of 1,648 earthquakes whose epicenters were located within the country.

The magnitudes of the earthquakes reported range from 1.3 to the magnitude of 5.3. The epicenters of most of these earthquakes were distributed in the states of Chiapas, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Michoacán and Colima.

A small earthquake in the State of Mexico of magnitude 1.3 was reported on August 24 at 12:56 p.m., its epicenter was located 4 km southeast of Tlalnepantla, State of Mexico.

On day August 18 at 00:15 hours, there was a magnitude 5.3 earthquake located 41 km south of Atoyac de Alvarez, Guerrero, in the subduction zone of the Mexican Pacific, where there is the convergent contact between the Cocos and Pacific plates. This was the highest earthquake reported in August 2017.

From August 18 to 22, 2017, the National Seismological Service registered a seismic swarm with 81 earthquakes located in the vicinity of Coalcomán, in the state of Michoacán.

A seismic swarm is defined as the occurrence of a set of seismic events in a specific area over a relatively short period of time.

The largest magnitude earthquake in this swarm was 4.6 and occurred on August 20 at 00:55 hours.

Just this month, between September 1 – 8, 477 earthquakes have already been recorded.

Source: Mexico Seismology Services

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