More quakes shake ‘ring of fire’


'Ring of fire' (Photo: YouTube screenshot)

‘Ring of fire’ (Photo: YouTube screenshot)

Two more earthquakes shook southern Mexico Saturday, further rattling a country still coming to grips with the devastation from stronger temblors earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Californians are anxious about a possible Big One, because of the recent major quakes – all seemingly hitting in the “ring of fire,” where about 90 percent of seismic activity occurs.

A 6.1-magnitude Mexico earthquake Saturday morning was centered in Oaxaca state near Matias Romero, a town about 275 miles southeast of Mexico City, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Roughly speaking, the epicenter was between the centers of this month’s two more violent earthquakes – the 7.1 magnitude temblor that hit Tuesday closer to the capital, and the 8.1 magnitude quake that struck Sept. 8 off the southern Pacific coast, near Chiapas state.

Another 4.5-magnitude quake hit Oaxaca at 7:06 p.m. Eastern. That temblor occurred at a depth of 8.9 kilometers, according to initial readings by USGS.

In Oaxaca, some highways and a bridge that had been damaged during the Sept. 8 earthquake collapsed, Mexico’s federal police said.

Mexico City did not appear to have sustained significant damage in the earlier and stronger of Saturday’s two quakes, said the country’s office of the secretary of public security.

Warning sirens sounded in Mexico City after the morning quake was detected, interrupting rescue operations at some of the dozens of buildings that collapsed from Tuesday’s earthquake.

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At least 90 percent of the world’s earthquakes hit in the so-called “ring of fire” stretching from New Zealand to Chile through Asia and toward the Americas.

And the chances of California experiencing a major earthquake has peaked, say researchers from Click to see the original article