Powerful Earthquake hits Central America

Powerful Earthquake hits Central America

At least 30 houses have been damaged or destroyed on the Mexican border with Guatemala by an earthquake that hit in the early hours of the morning on July 7.

The quake measured M6.9 and struck near the town of Puerto Madero in Mexico, at a depth of 37.3 miles (60 km).

According to catastrophe modelling firm AIR Worldwide, landslides, power outages, and disruptions to communications have been reported in the area.

However the modeller stated that it does not expect significant insured losses from this event based on the limited amount of reported damage thus far and low earthquake insurance penetration in the region.

The quake was felt strongly in the Mexican states of Chiapas and Tabasco, reports AIR, authorities in Chiapas said there were no immediate reports of major damage.

In Mexico City, buildings and light posts swayed, but no damage has yet been reported.

The quake was also felt in El Salvador.

The US Pacific Warning Center has issued a statement indicating that there was no tsunami threat from the quake.

AIR reports that the Mexican-Guatemalan border is a particularly active Tectonic region and prone to quakes.

“The Southern Mexico-Guatemala region is a tectonically active plate boundary region, where the Cocos plate subducts northeastward underneath the North American Plate and the Caribbean Plate along the Middle America Trench,” said Mesut Turel an engineer at AIR Worldwide. “The 73-80 mm/yr plate convergence in this region results in thrust earthquakes concentrated along the slab of the Cocos plate, among them large magnitude “megathrust” earthquakes, which are capable of producing tsunamis.”

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