Earthquake mexico map. Mexico city earthquake of 1985 also called michoacan earthquake of 1985 severe earthquake that occurred on september 19 1985 off the coast of the mexican state of michoacan causing widespread death and injuries and catastrophic damage in mexicos capital mexico city. The earthquake that struck mexico city on tuesday hit on the same exact calendar date on which the capital was hit by a violent earthquake in 1985. Usgs earthquake hazards program responsible for monitoring reporting and researching earthquakes and earthquake hazards. The strongest earthquake to hit mexico for decades left at least 58 dead and hundreds injured on friday after wreaking destruction on the countrys impoverished south and triggering tsunami.
It registered a preliminary magnitude of 71 causing heavy and prolonged shaking in the capital. In mexico city the capital which still bears the physical and psychological scars of a devastating earthquake in 1985 that killed as many as 10000 people alarms sounding over loudspeakers. The 1985 mexico city earthquake struck in the early morning of 19 september at 071750 cst with a moment magnitude of 80 and a mercalli intensity of ix violent. The usgs earthquake hazards program is part of the national earthquake hazards reduction program nehrp established by congress in 1977 and the usgs advanced national seismic system anss was established by congress as a nehrp facility.
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