An earthquake registering 6.4 on the Richter scale caused Mexico City to rock and rumble on Thursday. Apartments were shaken and office premises were left in a hurry by their occupant workers. But there was no damage.
The epicenter of the earthquake was the state of Guerrero at a depth of 14.9 miles just inland from the Pacific Coast and it was a miracle that no tsunami had been generated off the coast.
At the beginning the U.S. Geological Survey authorities said that the earthquake was 6.8 on the Richter scale. But later on this was refuted. Had the earthquake been of such magnitude, buildings may have been destroyed like LEGO blocks.
Guerrero, Mexico earthquake revised to magnitude 6.4, no damage reported in Mexico City— Rodrigo (@RodrigoEBR) May 8, 2014
One of the government officials was in the middle of a declamation when the earthquake reared its ugly head. He simply said that a pause was due and walked off stage as the audience dispersed in a hurry. Andres Alcocer, a publicist in Mexico City, told Reuters, "I was working when I started to feel seasick and we left the office." Furthermore, it was quite a relief that Mexico’s oil refineries were intact after the earthquake.
The earthquake stirred up fears among the Mexican people regarding any damages to buildings and equipment. But according to reports no such thing happened.
Everything was left by the geological shift as it had been. And the biggest source of happiness and peace of mind was that no human beings were injured by the rattling. About three decades ago, a large earthquake had hit Mexico and it had claimed thousands of innocent lives.
According to USGS, "Mexico has a long history of destructive earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. In September 1985, a magnitude 8.1 earthquake killed more than 9,500 people in Mexico City. In southern Mexico, Volcán de Colima and El Chichón erupted in 2005 and 1982, respectively. Paricutín volcano, west of Mexico City, began venting smoke in a cornfield in 1943; a decade later this new volcano had grown to a height of 424 meters.
Popocatépetl and Ixtaccíhuatl volcanos ("smoking mountain" and "white lady", respectively), southeast of Mexico City, occasionally vent gas that can be clearly seen from the City, a reminder that volcanic activity is ongoing. In 1994 and 2000 Popocatépetl renewed its activity forcing the evacuation of nearby towns, causing seismologists and government officials to be concerned about the effect a large-scale eruption might have on the heavily populated region. Popocatépetl volcano last erupted in 2010."
Most earthquakes strike along the rifts and fault lines in the earth’s tectonic plates. Japan is a very vulnerable country in this regard. And so is Peru. There have been other sources of moving and shaking due to the earth’s seismic activity in Iran, Turkey and Pakistan in the past.
The most that can be done is to build stronger living arrangements that can withstand the shocks. And another method is to instill greater discipline among the people who can follow drill exercises to save their own skin when a series of tremors arise.