An earthquake of magnitude 5.2 is registered north of Mazatlán


The epicenter of the seismic movement was registered 125 kilometers southwest of La Cruz de Elota, however the tremor was even perceived in Mazatlán

Mazatlán, Sinaloa.- According to the National Seismological Service, this September 23, an earthquake of 5.2 degrees on the Richter scale was registered in the south of Sinaloa, an event that rarely occurs in the State.

The epicenter of the seismic movement was recorded 125 kilometers southwest of La Cruz de Elota, however, the tremor was even perceived in Mazatlán.

In the last week in Sinaloa, there have been three earthquakes, of which two were reported in the southwest area of ​​La Cruz de Elota

Mexico is a country that, due to the area in which it is located on the earth’s plates, presents very frequent tectonic faults, which in turn produce earthquakes, but what is an earthquake and why do they occur so much in Mexico??

According to the National Seismological Service (SSN), an earthquake or tremor is a sudden breakdown of the rocks inside the Earth, causing the release of energy which spreads in the form of waves giving rise to the movement of the ground.

Mexico is located on five tectonic plates: the Caribbean, Pacific, North American, Rivera, and Cocos plates, of which in Sinaloa the Cocos plate plunges over that of North America.

In Sinaloa, the area with the most seismic activity is in the north, since according to data from the geophysicist Juan Espinoza Luna, he pointed out for an interview with a local newspaper that the part of Ahome is located on the Farallón Basin, which is a system of faults. from the San Andrés fault.

By June 2021, 40 earthquakes had occurred in Sinaloa, of which the strongest would have been 5.1, the director of Civil Protection Francisco Vegas Meza mentioned in a press conference.


Since Sinaloa is a state with high physical activity in its history, there have been strong tremors, one of them in November 2015 of 6.9 degrees on the Richter scale, perceptible in 6 municipalities in the center and north of the state, with 13 aftershocks in the following 36 hours, which led to the evacuation of at least 5,000 people from the municipalities of these municipalities.

n turn, in October 2010 between the coasts of Baja California Sur and Sinaloa, of 6.5 degrees, and ten years later in May 2020 at dawn a tremor of 6.1 was registered in the area of ​​the Coasts of Baja California and Sinaloa, which was noticeable in Mazatlán.

Of the total number of earthquakes registered by the SSN, these have been located in the areas of Ahome and on the coasts of the Gulf of California, perceptible in the center and south of the Sinaloan territory.


On August 22 of this year, two perceptible earthquakes in the Guasave and El Fuerte areas were reported by the SSN, which were 4.7 and 4.9 degrees, which surprised the inhabitants at 9:00 p.m.

More recently, on September 23, an earthquake of 5.2 degrees that caused the eviction of a building in Culiacán, was reported by the SSN on the coasts of the state southwest of La Cruz.

After this Friday, two more earthquakes were reported by the SSN, one at 12 noon southwest of the coast of Eldorado, which had a magnitude of 4.7 degrees, and another one about an hour later southwest of La Cruz, of equal magnitude.


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