Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are an ever-present threat in Mexico, which is located on another of the world’s subduction zones. The country is situated above three of the earth’s tectonic plates. Large tremors in the coming decades could result from the Cocos tectonic plate sliding beneath the North American plate, causing the two of them to grind against each other and generate a slip-fault like the San Andreas.
The most recent disaster in Mexico occurred in 1985, when a massive 8-magnitude tremor to the north of Acapulco shook the streets of Mexico City and Acapulco and took at least 9,500 lives.
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