M7.1 PUEBLA, MEXICO on September 19th 2017 at 18:14 UTC

Last update: 16 October 2017 at 13:54 UTC

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Earthquake details


A large earthquake of Magnitude 7.1 occurred yesterday 19th of September 2017at 18:14 UTC (13:14 in local time) in Mexico. This earthquake  arrived precisely 32 years after the destructive earthquake of 1985 of Magnitude 8.1 which devastated Mexico city leaving more than 10.000 fatalities. For this reason, several commemoration activities took place yesterday including an earthquake drill only two hours before the earthquake in Mexico City.  

The earthquake occurred yesterday had an epicentre located near to Puebla city and  at 120 kilometers of distance of Mexico City (DF) and its depth was located at 50 km (intraslab earthquake). This earthquake occurred in the context of the subduction zone between the Cocos and North America plates, in a very complex tectonic setting where several plates interact producing a continuous and diverse seismic activity.

At the time of this report, more than 200 causalities have been reported. The collapse of several buildings, including the Enrique Rebsamen school are most dramatic cases. Rescuers and volunteers are still trying to get to survivors under the debris. The EMSC expresses its support to the people affected by this earthquake.

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