After the passage of Hurricane ‘Otis’, a second earthquake of magnitude 4.5 was recorded this Wednesday night in Ometepec, Guerrero, reported the National Seismological Service.
According to the agency, the earthquake occurred at 7:19 p.m. 98 kilometers southwest of Ometepec.
This is the second earthquake recorded in the state after ‘Otis’. The first one of magnitude 4.4 was recorded at 11:06 today 28 kilometers southwest of Zihuatanejo.
‘Otis’ still breaks seismic alert; affects sensors in Guerrero, Oaxaca and Michoacán
It should be seen that the effect of Hurricane ‘Otis’ caused a loss of communication with 27 sensors of the Mexican Seismic Alert System (SASMEX) on the coasts of Michoacán, Guerrero, and Oaxaca, Therefore, if a larger earthquake occurs, an early warning will not be issued, the Center for Seismic Instrumentation and Registration reported earlier.
“If a strong earthquake occurs, near the affected sensors, a seismic alert notice will not be issued,” the alert system said in a statement.
At the same time, the SkyAlert alert system informs that the meteorological phenomenon also caused the disconnection of the seismic sensors from their application in Guerrero, so it informs that – for now – it is not possible to alert the population in the event of a telluric movement of significance.
“We regret to inform you that due to the destructive effects of Hurricane ‘Otis’ in Guerrero, most of our seismic sensor network, known as REDSkyAlert, is offline in the region. This situation means that, if there is an earthquake in these areas, we cannot alert the population,” he said.
It is not yet known when seismic warning systems can be reactivated in the event of a larger-magnitude earthquake.