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...

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