Mexico’s earthquake coincidence drives anxiety for many

Mexico’s earthquake coincidence drives anxiety for many

MEXICO CITY — As the parents of children killed when a school collapsed during Mexico’s 2017 earthquake celebrated a Mass in their memory, the ground began to shake again.

“No, not again! My God, not again!” they shouted when a magnitude 7. 6 earthquake rattled the capital Monday, killing two people in the Pacific coast state of Colima.

Three powerful earthquakes struck Mexico Monday, killing two people in Colima on the Pacific coast. 1985, … and now 2022. Many are anxious because of this unlucky coincidence. These quakes occurred shortly after an annual Sept. 19 earthquake drill, which is held to remember the devastating 1985 Temblor.

Mexico’s national Civil Defense Coordinator Laura Velazquez said Tuesday that the two deaths in Colima were due to parts of buildings collapsing. Ten people were injured — nine in Colima and one in neighboring Michoacan. She said

More structures were destroyed than , which included dozens schools and medical centers. The majority of damage occurred in the Pacific states near the Michoacan epicenter. Some 20 Mexico City buildings were damaged, but it was minor, she said.

On the morning of Sept. 19, 1985, an 8.0 magnitude earthquake devastated the center, south and west of the country, leaving some 9,500 dead.

“It’s really strange, but a lot of people already don’t like that day,” said Jorge Ornelas, a call center coordinator. He said a lot of his acquaintances begin to worry about an earthquake come September.

“If we keep thinking that every Sept. 19 it’s going to shake, it’s going to continue happening every year, because what you think is always what happens,” the 35-year-old Ornelas said.

Xyoli Campos is a seismologist at Mexico’s National Autonomous University. He said that there were no natural reasons for major earthquakes occurring on the same day. The “interaction between the Cocos and North America plates” that produced Monday’s earthquake also led to the 1985 earthquake.

Five of the five plates — North America, Pacific, Rivera, Caribbean, and Cocos — are all under Mexican jurisdiction.

“The plates break when it’s their time to break,” Perez-Campos said. “What are they going to know about the calendar?”

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