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Major earthquake strikes Mexico City

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MEXICO CITY -- Leslie Moody Castro felt the tremors hit just after 1 p.m., while she was taking in an art show in a neighborhood just southwest of downtown Mexico City.

As residents rushed for safety, the 7.1 magnitude earthquake toppled buildings, shattered windows, knocked out power, and forced Mexico City's international airport to suspend operations.

The quake claimed scores of lives  by Tuesday afternoon, authorities said, in Morelos state and in the state of Mexico.

Mexico City Mayor Miguel Mancera said tremors had killed at least four people and leveled at least 29 buildings collapsed there.

 

http://www.chron.com/news/nation-world/article/Earthquake-brings-renewed-tragedy-to-Mexico-12210043.php

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Sad.  I guess that, eventually, all the substandard structures will collapse and newer, more survivable structures will become the norm there.  Damned Global Warming!

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Heard this around suppertime at work today, but didn't get a chance to read about it until I got home. Those poor people. The reports are saying over 100 are dead.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/09/19/7-1-magnitude-earthquake-shakes-mexico-city.html

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2017/sep/20/mexico-city-earthquake-dozens-dead-powerful-quake-live-updates

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Another normal fault quake by a subduction zone. Assumptions about compressive regimes got me again, Looks as if this one was by the Cordillera Neovolcanica.

Mexico (mostly) is on the NA plate. Which is moving westward. The Cocos Plate is moving eastward, and subducts beneath the NA plate. Melting from the hydrated slab creates an area of active volcanism, a continental volcanic arc. The "plumbing" exploits prior weaknesses in the crust. Looks like this earthquake was there.

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They just got hit today with a 6.1 aftershock. Those poor people. :(

http://abc7.com/2446311/

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