Mexico has been slammed by 242 earthquakes, which could result in the formation of a new Ring of Fire volcano.
Experts believe a new volcano is growing beneath Mexico as a result of hundreds of minor tremors in the country’s west.
Michoacán was shaken by 242 microseisms between May 1 and June 8. Although the majority of the earthquakes were not felt by people, the heightened activity has prompted scientists to conclude that something bigger is going on.
In 1997, 1999, and 2006, a similar occurrence occurred in the same location, which is known as a volcanic hotspot.
In the first four months of 2021, researchers from the National Autonomous University (UNAMInstitute )’s of Geophysics reported more than 300 micro-quakes in the same location.
All of this points to the possibility that there is seismic activity beneath the surface near Mexico City.
Experts believe the swarms indicate that magma is on the move, and that it may eventually burst through the surface, forming a new volcano.
Denis Xavier Francois Legrand, a researcher at the Institute of Geophysics (IGf), believes that continuing to observe these swarms is critical.
“We assume these swarms are linked to magma movement, although they don’t always reach the surface,” he said.
“The magma did not reach the surface during these swarms, which occurred in 1997, 1999, and 2006.”
“Perhaps the same thing is happening again, so it’s critical to keep an eye on them.”
Residents in the area should be aware of ground deformation, seismic activity, and gas emissions, according to Carlos Valdés González, also of IGf and current director of the Mexican Studies Centre (CEM) UNAM-Costa Rica.
“The main question that arises is prospective volcanic activity,” he said in a virtual press conference, “because Mexico is a volcanically active country, especially in that region, where there are over 1,200 minor volcanoes in the so-called Michoacán-Guanajuato volcano field.”
The symptoms should be easy to notice for the untrained eye, according to Luis Antonio Domnguez Ramrez, professor at the National School of Higher Studies (ENES) Morelia.
“The emission of gases is to a degree simple to detect due to the sulfur smell, as well as hydrothermal manifestations and damage to vegetation, which dries out in the presence of greater temperatures than usual from the ground,” he said.
Due to its location on the so-called Ring of Fire, Mexico is extremely seismically and volcanically active.
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