Mexico is in the worst possible place for earthquakes - here's why it keeps getting hit

Posted On: Feb 17, 2018   |   Posted By: Business Insider

Mexico is in the worst possible place for earthquakes - here's why it keeps getting hit

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Oaxaca on Friday evening.
The quake comes just months after another powerful and similarly sized quake hit Mexico City.
The country sits atop three of the Earth's largest tectonic plates.
If giants were playing a game of Jenga with countries as their table-tops, Mexico would be one of the last locations to get picked.
The country sits atop three of the Earth's largest tectonic plates - the North American plate, the Cocos Plate, and the Pacific Plate. Whenever these chunks of crust grind or butt up against one another, earthquakes happen. As a former lakebed, Mexico City is also home to soft soil that essentially acts as an amplifier for tremors , often making smaller earthquakes feel much larger.
On Friday, a 7.2-magnitude quake struck Oaxaca, according to the US Geological Survey. The epicenter hit the town of Santiago Ixtayutla, but tremors were reportedly felt as far as 350 miles away in Mexico City.
The temblor comes just five months after a 7.1-magnitude quake hit...

Continue reading ...

 






The last Posts from Business Insider



The Best Games of 2018: God of War

The Best Games of 2018: God of War

If, at the beginning of the year, you were worried that the new God of War title was just a cynical money grab from Sony, you definitely weren't alone. After all, the God of... Read more ...

Saturday's 10 best last-minute deals: $329 iPad, $50 slow cooker, $25 Fire...

Saturday's 10 best last-minute deals: $329 iPad, $50 slow cooker, $25 Fire TV Stick, $20 earbuds, more

Black Friday is long gone, Cyber Week is behind us, and Christmas is just over one week away. All that means sale season is winding down, of course, but there are plenty of... Read more ...

Farming Simulator 19 - Je farme, tu farmes !

Farming Simulator 19 - Je farme, tu farmes !

Le 20 novembre est sorti sur PlayStation 4, Xbox One et PC/Mac la simulation agricole ultime, Farming Simulator 19. Pour ma part, c'est dans sa version sur ordinateur que j'ai... Read more ...

Facebook's latest app data bug exposed the private photos of 6.8m users

Facebook's latest app data bug exposed the private photos of 6.8m users

The data privacy scandals just keep coming for Facebook: the social network has revealed a flaw in its code that could have exposed the private photos of up to 6.8 million... Read more ...

Gérer le temps devant l'écran est désormais plus simple sur les Chromebook

Gérer le temps devant l'écran est désormais plus simple sur les Chromebook

Les Google Chromebook sont une bonne option de première machine pour un enfant. Aujourd'hui, grâce à une mise à jour, il est plus facile de gérer le temps passé devant l'écran. Read more ...

Android Messages app update introduces new messaging option

Android Messages app update introduces new messaging option

Google's official app for texting and chat, Android Messages is getting a new update that brings a single new messaging option that not many will probably use it. However, if... Read more ...

Deal: Save up to $200 on the Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch at Best Buy

Deal: Save up to $200 on the Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch at Best Buy

Best Buy has debuted a new 3-day Gift Sale that runs until the end of the weekend. The U.S. retailer offers interesting deals on Apple, Sonos, and Philips Hue products, but... Read more ...

Day 4 of TNW's Advent Deals: headphones and a hybrid laptop

Day 4 of TNW's Advent Deals: headphones and a hybrid laptop

This holiday period, Plugged is running a very special advent calendar. Over the course of 12 days, we'll be sharing a selection of sweet, sweet deals. You can thank us later... Read more ...

Top 5 Chinese Smartphones for Under $500 - December 2018

Top 5 Chinese Smartphones for Under $500 - December 2018

And welcome to our last Top 5 for the year 2018 which, with Christmas just around the corner, also becomes a great gift guide for those looking to buy themselves or anybody... Read more ...

Apple Music support arrives for Amazon Echo speakers with Alexa

Apple Music support arrives for Amazon Echo speakers with Alexa

If you've bought an Amazon Echo speaker and wanted to use Alexa to fire up Apple Music, then you're finally in luck. Up until now, this feature wasn't available to Amazon Echo... Read more ...