National Seismological Service reports 30% increase in activity

The National Seismological Service reported that from January 1 to August 15, 2016, 9,309 earthquakes have occurred, a 30.88% increase from the same period last year.

According to data from the agency, under the Institute of Geophysics of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in the same period of 2015, 6,434 earthquakes were recorded, of which 22 were 5.0 or higher.

So far this year, there have been 32 earthquakes with a magnitude greater than 5.0 on the Richter Scale. The strongest reported in the country was 6.5 degrees on January 21, 277 kilometers west of Cihuatlan, Jalisco.

A little more than a month after the 1985 earthquakes anniversary, the national coordinator of Civil Protection, Luis Felipe Espinosa Bridge, urged people to stay informed on what to do before, during and after an earthquake.

He recalled that in the past 200 years, Mexico has experienced more than 60 earthquakes with magnitude greater than or equal to 7.0 on the Richter scale and 75 quakes that have caused damage and loss of life.

Through an infographic posted on his Twitter account @LUISFELIPE_P, he recalled that the rigorous application of building regulations reduces the possibility of damage and human loss.

In that regard, he urged people to stay informed on what to do before, during and after an earthquake in the websites www.proteccioncivil.gob.mx, www.cenapred.gob.mx and www.sismos.gob.mx .

“In the last 200 years in #MEX 60 #Sismos have occurred with magnitude greater than or equal to 7 Participate in drills!” He wrote the official of the Interior Ministry in the social network.

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