Mexico earthquake: wave of seismic activity frightens residents in Guerrero

At least five earthquakes of magnitude between 4.1 and 5.3 were recorded early Thursday morning, all with epicenters in Coyuca de Benitez, Guerrero, according to the Mexican National Seismological Service.

Mexico: earthquake wave frightens residents in Guerrero
Mexico: earthquake wave frightens residents in Guerrero

Two earthquakes were recorded between Wednesday and the early hours of Thursday morning, southwest of Coyuca de Benitez, Guerrero, according to the National Seismological Survey.

The most recent occurred at 1:19 a.m. this Thursday, with a preliminary magnitude of 4.7.

While Wednesday's was 5.1 magnitude also in the same location. Earlier, the institute noted that the magnitude had been 5.5 and then indicated a preliminary magnitude of 5.2. The quake was of mild intensity, according to SkyAlert.

Sasmex reported that the telluric movement did not warrant a seismic alert because the energy estimate in the first few seconds did not exceed pre-established levels.

Meanwhile, the head of CDMX's government, Claudia Sheinbaum, said that the earthquake was only slightly felt in some areas of the city, which is why "the protocols for action in the event of an earthquake were activated, with no news reported at the time.

The nearby earthquake sensor was on the coast of Guerrero, five kilometers northwest of Acapulco.

Acapulco hotels and shopping centers evacuated

The earthquake, which occurred at around 5:17 p.m. on Wednesday, forced the immediate eviction of people and workers from shopping centers, hotels and public offices located throughout the tourist zone in Acapulco.

According to preliminary data from the State Civil Protection Secretariat, the earthquake that had its epicenter 31 kilometers southwest of Coyuca de Benitez Guerrero had an intensity of 5.1 degrees, and was perceived as moderate to strong in practically all the municipalities located in the Costa Grande and Central zone of the state, as well as in Acapulco.

The agency confirmed that no material damage or victims were recorded, although dozens of commercial establishments, hotels, and public offices had to be evacuated as an emergency measure due to the strong shock felt especially in the port of Acapulco.

The governor of the state, Hector Astudillo Flores, reported through his twitter account that there was constant communication with the various municipalities of the entity, to confirm that there was no problem arising from the earthquake.

So far this year, 331 earthquakes have been registered in Guerrero, making it the second most active state in the country in terms of seismic activity, just below the state of Oaxaca.

By Mexicanist