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Deadly Earthquake Strikes Central Mexico

On November 19, 1912 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the central Mexico region devastating the town of Acambay. Damage was considerable as several villages collapsed, bridges were destroyed, and massive landslides took place. In Acambay the San Antonio Detina Church collapsed and 59 people were killed, mostly women attending Mass. In all over 70 were killed. Despite the social unrest of the ongoing Mexican Revolution, the Seismological Service of the Geological Institute of Mexico have sent scientists to investigate.

The ruins of the chapel of the Church of San Antonio Detina
Acambay, Mexico
November 19, 1912


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