Earthquake Today: Central Mexico Struck by Quake
No Injuries, Little Damage Reported
A 6.5-magnitude earthquake rocked Mexico’s Pacific coast Tuesday, however there was relief from aid agencies as no tsunami warnings resulted across the region.
There were also no reports of injuries, and only minor reports of damage from the earthquake that struck early in the morning. The Revillagigedo Islands, an uninhabited archipelago and nature preserve in the Pacific Ocean, was the epicenter, the Associated Press reported.
The earthquake comes on the heels of several other large earthquakes that recently struck around the world. Two small earthquakes shook China Tuesday. Initial reports indicated no casualties from the magnitude five quakes, but widespread structural damage was seen, according to reports.
A 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit Peru Oct. 28, injuring more than 100 people and damaging homes in the country.
A 4.7-magnitude earthquake stuck California Oct. 26. It was followed by smaller quakes in the following days.
A 7.2-magnitude earthquake also rocked Turkey Oct. 23, which left more than 500 dead and 4,000 injured.
The United States Geological Survey estimates there are about 50 earthquakes a year, though most are too small for people to feel. There are, however, more than 100 significant earthquakes per year, which measure at least 6.0, according to the federal agency.
Mexico, especially on the Pacific coast, has a higher than average number of earthquakes, the AP reported. The country sits where four tectonic plates merge.
The most damaging earthquake struck Mexico City on Sept. 19, 1985 and registered an 8.1 magnitude. The quake killed roughly 10,000 people and injured more than 40,000. The Mexico City metropolitan area has a population of more than 20 million.
Tuesday’s earthquake hit Jalisco and Nayarit, significantly less populated areas of the country. The two regions have an estimated population of less than half that of Mexico City.
Tremors could be felt in Mexico City and as far away as the Guatemala border. Some buildings swayed in the capital city but caused no damage, according to reports.