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Powerful earthquake hits Mexico

by Bob Sheth on April 18, 2014

Powerful earthquake hits Mexico

Powerful earthquake hits Mexico

It has been revealed today that a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico with the central point close to the beach resort of Acapulco in the south-western state of Guerrero. While the earthquake is one of the largest to hit Mexico in recent times, so far there have been no reports of casualties and only minor damage to buildings. While many residents were shaken by the quake and forced to flee into the streets in their nightwear, thankfully it all seems to have passed by safely.

The US Pacific Warning Centre has been issuing updates on the situation confirming that the centre of the quake was relatively shallow at just 15 miles below the surface. Thankfully the experts do not predict the much feared tsunami and hopefully life will soon return to normal for those affected.

Feedback from Mexico City

Mexico City is the capital of the country and as you would expect there is a relatively large concentration of buildings in the region. While many residents have reported running into the streets, masonry falling off buildings and paintings falling off walls, so far the area seems to have escaped fairly unscathed. We should hear further updates in due course although at this moment in time the emergency services seem to have the situation under control.

We can only imagine what the residents of Mexico City and other areas impacted by the quake felt as the earth shook below them and they were forced to flee their homes. When you bear in mind that an 8.1 magnitude earthquake in 1985 killed thousands of people, the country does appear to have been fairly lucky this time. A similar quake in March 2012, registering 7.4 on the Richter scale, also hit Mexico but again there was limited damage and no casualties reported.

Quote from Gringos.com : “A few questions for those of you who have already relocated to Baja Norte. We are leasing a home in San Quintin. What is the procedure at the boarder crossing when bringing furniture into the country?”

Are earthquakes a common occurrence?

If you research earthquakes in Latin America you will be surprised to see how common they are although relatively strong quakes such as the one experienced today are thankfully few and far between. Each and every year governments in Latin America are forced to invest significant amounts of money in not only the emergency services but also new property regulations to ensure the population of the region are as safe as possible in the event of future quakes.

Some will argue there is still more work to be done in this particular area but if we look back over the decades, the impact of relatively strong earthquakes today is nothing like it was many years ago. We have seen improvements in infrastructure, we have seen the wider public educated about the risks and what they need to do in the event of an earthquake and, thankfully, this is beginning to pay dividends.

Conclusion

There will no doubt be a number of updates over the coming days but initial feedback suggests no casualties and no major structural damage. While many future expats who live in regions of the world where earthquakes are very rare may well be concerned about today’s event, earthquakes are relatively common across the likes of Latin America – although not always as strong as today’s quake.

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