6.8 magnitude earthquake hits Mexico City, killing one

6.8 magnitude earthquake hits Mexico City, killing one

MEXICO CITY — A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 struck Mexico early Friday, inflicting buildings to sway and leaving a minimum of one particular person lifeless within the nation’s capital.

The earthquake struck early Thursday shortly after 1 a.m., simply three days after a 7.6-magnitude earthquake shook western and central Mexico, killing two.

The U.S. Geological Survey mentioned Thursday’s earthquake, like Monday’s, was centered within the western state of Michoacan close to the Pacific coast. The epicenter was about 29 miles south-southwest of Aguililla, Michoacan, at a depth of about 15 miles.

Michoacan’s state authorities mentioned the quake was felt all through the state. It reported injury to a constructing within the metropolis of Uruapan and a few landslides on the freeway that connects Michoacan and Guerrero with the coast..

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador mentioned by way of Twitter that it was an aftershock from Monday’s quake and was additionally felt within the states of Colima, Jalisco and Guerrero.

Mexico Metropolis Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum mentioned by way of Twitter that one girl died in a central neighborhood when she fell down the steps of her dwelling. Residents had been huddled in streets as seismic alarms blared.

The earthquake rattled an already jittery nation. Monday’s extra highly effective quake was the third main earthquake to strike on Sept. 19 — in 1985, 2017 and now 2022. The 2017 and 2022 Sept. 19 quakes got here very shortly after the annual earthquake drill carried out each Sept. 19 to commemorate the devastating 1985 temblor that killed some 9,500 folks.

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