An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 near Chiapas, Mexico

An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 near Chiapas, Mexico Natural Disasters

Evening, January 21, 2012 a powerful earthquake at a depth of 79.5 kilometers far from the coast of Chiapas, Mexico. The epicenter was 91 miles west of Tapachula, 143 kilometers southeast of colors and in 811 kilometers southeast of the capital. From Guatemala epicenter was 281 kilometers away. Fatalities and serious damage was found.

Mexico is known for its devastating earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. In September 1985, the country was recorded 8.1 earthquake centered in the subduction zone near Acapulco. As a result, more than 9,500 people died, 4,000 of them in the capital, 300 kilometers from the epicenter. Slight trembling earth was observed in large parts of Mexico.

Most of Mexico is located on the North American plate moving in a westerly direction. Tihookeanicheskoe bottom in southern Mexico under the influence of Cocos plate carries a north-easterly direction, forming the Central American Trench. At the point of collision of two plates are the mountain ranges in the south of Mexico. As a result of subduction of the Cocos plate in the region are frequent earthquakes.

Chronicle of the biggest earthquake in Mexico:

  • 05/03/1887 in Northern Sonora force 7.4
  • 15/04/1907 in Guerrero magnitude 7.7;
  • 07/06/1911 near Guerrero magnitude 7.7;
  • 15/01/1931 in Oaxaca force 7.8;
  • 03/06/1932 Jalisco strength 8.1;
  • 06/18/1932 in Colima strength 7.8;
  • 07/28/1957 in force Guerrero 7.9;
  • 05/11/1962 in force Guerrero 7.0;
  • 05/19/1962 in force Guerrero 7.1;
  • 08/23/1965 in Oaxaca force 7.3;
  • 08/02/1968 in Oaxaca force 7.1;
  • 19/09/1985 in Michoacan force 8.0;
  • 06/15/1999 Central Mexico strength 7.0;
  • 09/30/1999 in Oaxaca force 7.5;
  • 1/22/2003 near Colima magnitude 7.6;
  • 04/04/2010 Baja California peninsula by force of 7.2.

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