Mexico’s National Seismological Service said that the powerful 5.2 magnitude tremor struck at 9.20AM local time, some 30 kilometers southwest of Arcelia, which has a population of more than 31,000, in Guerrero.
While there have been no reports of casualties or damage to buildings, officials have begun evacuation procedures in the capital Mexico City more than 200 kilometers away.
Civilians in the region took to social media to discuss the panic currently being endured in the capital.
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Ana Rosa Quintana wrote: “In Mexico City and earthquake alarms started sounded. Rushed out of hotel room in my pajamas and two grown men pushed me to pass me on the stairs.”
my brother is in #MexicoCity today:
“Massive evacuation of 25 million people from buildings in Mx City right now due to earthquake alarm going off. There was a minor quake en the state of Guerrero……I’m ready to go home!”
— John Roberts (@jpr602) May 16, 2018
Earthquake warning alarm México City 5/16/18 pic.twitter.com/fCXsFDTGq1
— Robert Bledsoe (@RobertB85014294) May 16, 2018
Erin Coughlan de Perez added: “Incredibly fast evacuation drill for earthquakes in Mexico City – under 1 minute.”
Blogger MexicoTrippa wrote in a Facebook statement: “People pouring out onto the streets to a safe area, looking up at the buildings and waiting anxiously for the worst.
“Unfortunately, earthquakes in Mexico seem to be the way of life recently.”
Despite Mexico City being more than 200 kilometres away from this earthquake, there was still cause for concern.
In Mexico City and earthquake alarm just went off. Gathered in courtyard of Museo National. pic.twitter.com/7akhpnc321
— Hayley Miller (@hayleymiller01) May 16, 2018
The capital is built on top of a former lakebed, meaning that the ground is much softer which magnifies the effects of an earthquake.
The central American country is still on high alert following a pair of devastating earthquakes which hit Mexico in September 2017.
More than 300 people were killed in a powerful earthquake in Mexico on 19 September and a week prior to that when the nation was hit by an 8.1 mega quake.
Seismic activity is common in Mexico due to the fact that it sits on top of the devastating Ring of Fire – a series of fragile fault lines that stretches from New Zealand, all around the east coast of Asia, over to Canada and the USA then all the way down to the southern tip of South America.
The Ring of Fire region is a chain of volcanoes and intense earthquake tremor zones along the rim of the Pacific Basin.
The vast majority of the world’s earthquakes take place in the Ring of Fire and the zone holds more than 450 volcanoes and 75 percent of the world’s active fiery mountains.
The Ring of Fire extends a 40,000km-long horseshoe stretch of the Pacific Ocean.