Pahrump, NV: Violent earthquake that shook along the west coast of Mexico during the afternoon last Monday made waves miles away inside Devils Hole.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)

Source: Death Valley National Park (Information)

Video: Death Valley National Park (Courtesy)

Pahrump, Nevada: A violent earthquake that shook along the west coast of Mexico during the afternoon on Monday, September 19th, 2022 made waves approximately 1,788 miles away inside Devils Hole.

Video posted from the Death Valley National Park showed the waves occuring inside Devils Hole.

According to the Death Valley National Park, National Park Service staff were onsite conducting research and witnessed the effects firsthand.

Within 5 minutes, Death Valley National Park said the normally still water in the pool began slowly moving, and soon built to waves several feet high!

“The highly endangered Devils Hole pupfish (Cyprinodon diabolis) has thankfully evolved with these types of periodic natural disturbances, and they were fine and swimming (happily?) afterward. Keeping with previous observations, staff expect to see an increase in spawning activity over the next few days, hopefully resulting in even more recruits into the population,” said Death Valley National Park.

On their website, the Death Valley National Park said Devils Hole – a detached unit of Death Valley National Park – is habitat for the only naturally occurring population of the endangered Devils Hole Pupfish (Cyprinodon diabolis).

The 40 acre unit is a part of the Ash Meadows complex, an area of desert uplands and springfed oases designated a national wildlife refuge in 1984.

Some are calling what occurred on Monday “Tsunami in the Desert,” which on their website, the Death Valley National Park said that “Devils Hole is a window into this vast aquifer and an unusual indicator of seismic activity around the world. Large earthquakes as far away as Japan, Indonesia and Chile have caused the water to ‘slosh’ in Devils Hole like water in a bathtub. Waves may spash as high as two meters up the walls, sweeping clean the shallow shelf so important to the pupfish.”

To learn more about Devils Hole, please check out the National Park Service website: https://www.nps.gov/deva/learn/nature/devils-hole.htm

Picture: United States Geological Survey (Courtesy)

The United States Geological Survey has confirmed that a violent magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck near the coastal community of Cachán de Echeverría, Mexico at around 1:05 p.m. Local Time (11:05 a.m. PT) on Monday, September 19th, 2022.

Pictures: ADN40 and Telediario (Courtesy)

As of Tuesday, September 20th, 2022, the earthquake killed 2 people in Colima from a partial collapse of buildings; injured at least 10 people, including 9 people in Colima and a person in Michoacan; and more than 200 buildings were damaged, including dozens of schools and health centres.

Minutes after posting this news post, ZachNews has been alerted that another earthquake has occurred in the area near Monday’s violent earthquake.

ZachNews is gathering more information regarding the latest earthquake tonight.

Our thoughts, prayers and condolences to all of the families and friends that those who were killed in the earthquake, and to everybody who were affected by the earthquake.

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