On Friday, February 16, 2018, a 7.2 earthquake struck in Oaxaca, Mexico (see video below). The earthquake occurred as a result of shallow thrust faulting on or near the plate boundary between the Cocos and North America plates.
A military helicopter carrying officials assessing damage from a powerful earthquake crashed Friday in southern Mexico, killing 13 people, all on the ground. Five women, four men and three children were killed at the crash site and another person died later at the hospital.
On Monday, February 19, Southern Mexico was struck by a 5.9-magnitude earthquake after shock.
Historically, several significant earthquakes have occurred along the southern coast of Mexico.
- In 1932, a M 8.4 thrust earthquake struck in the region of Jalisco, several hundred kilometers to the northwest of the February 16th event.
- October 9, 1995, a M 8.0 earthquake struck in the Colima-Jalisco region, resulting in at least 49 fatalities and leaving 1,000 people homeless.
- September 19, 1985, in the Michoacan region 500 km to the northwest of the February 16th event. This M 8.0 earthquake resulted in at least 9,500 fatalities, injured about 30,000 people, and left 100,000 people homeless.
- In 2003, a M 7.6 earthquake in Colima, Mexico, 680 km to the northwest of the March 20th event, resulted in 29 fatalities, destroyed more than 2,000 homes and left more than 10,000 people homeless.
- In March 2012, a M 7.4 earthquake 60 km to the northwest of the February 16, 2018 event killed 2 and injured 11 in the Oaxaca region.
- September 8th, 2017, M 8.2 earthquake offshore Chiapas is located 440 km southwest of today’s earthquake. That event caused At least 78 fatalities and 250 injuries in Oaxaca, and a further 16 deaths in Chiapas. Eleven days later, a M 7.1 earthquake struck closer to Mexico City, 230 km northeast of today’s earthquake, resulting in over 300 fatalities and significant damage in Mexico City and the surrounding region.
- San Agustín Chayuco, Mexico 31.6 km (19.7 mi) NNE – Population: 0
- Pinotepa Nacional, Mexico 54.5 km (33.9 mi) NE – Population: 25,669
- Heroica Ciudad de Tlaxiaco, Mexico 69.0 km (42.9 mi) S – Population: 14,608
- Ometepec, Mexico 80.7 km (50.1 mi) E – Population: 17,801
- Oaxaca, Mexico 1094 km (6.0 mi) WSW – Population: 262,56
Video: February 16, 2018 Earthquake in Mexico