Mexico City — A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 struck Mexico early Thursday, shaking buildings and leaving at least one person dead in the nation’s capital. Residents flocked to the streets as seismic alarms blared.
The quake struck shortly after 1 a.m., just three days aftera.
The US Geological Survey said Thursday’s quake, like Monday’s, occurred in the western state of Michoacan, near the Pacific coast. The epicenter was about 29 miles south-southwest of Aguililla, Michoacan, at a depth of about 15 miles.
Michoacan’s government said the earthquake was felt throughout the state. It reported damage to a building in the town of Uruapan and some landslides on the highway connecting Michoacan and coastal Guerrero.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador tweeted that Monday’s earthquake was an aftershock and was also felt in the states of Colima, Jalisco and Guerrero.
Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said on Twitter that a woman died in a central neighborhood when she fell down the stairs of her home.
The latest earthquake shook an already troubled country.
Monday’s strongest earthquake was the third major earthquake to occur on September 19 – in 1985, 2017 and now 2022.
The 2017 and 2022 earthquakes came shortly after earthquake drills held every September 19 to commemorate the devastating 1985 earthquake that killed an estimated 9,500 people.
The date of Monday’s earthquake was just a coincidence, the national seismological agency said, according to Agence France-Presse. “There is no scientific reason to explain this,” the agency noted.
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