The quake struck western Mexico on the anniversary of two previous earthquakes that hit the country in 1985 and 2017.
A magnitude 7.6 earthquake has struck in the west Mexicokilled at least one person and caused panic in the country’s capital on the anniversary of two previous earthquakes.
The quake struck shortly after 1:00 p.m. local time (16:00 GMT) on Monday and was centered on the border area between the states of Michoacan and Colima at a depth of about 15 kilometers (9 miles), according to the National Weather Service. United States Geological Survey (USGS).
Chairperson Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said in a video address that one person died in the Pacific port of Manzanillo after a wall collapsed in a store.
Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said there was no immediate report of damage in the capital following the quake, which struck Mexico on the same day. great earthquake beat the country in 1985 and 2017.
“It’s this day, there’s something about the 19th,” said Ernesto Lanzetta, a business owner in the city’s Cuauhtemoc district. “The 19th is a scary day.”
The earthquake of September 19, 2017 killed more than 350 people, while the earthquake of the same day in 1985 killed thousands.
Al Jazeera’s John Holman, reporting from Mexico City, said many in Mexico view the timing of Monday’s quake as “really strange”.
“It happened right on the anniversary – September 19 – like the other two major earthquakes in Mexico,” Holman said. “The last two earthquakes are really devastating, especially here in the capital.”
On Monday, Mexico City’s earthquake early warning alarm sounded less than an hour after the capital held emergency drills as part of events to mark two previous disasters.
“It feels terrible. We went down as soon as we felt it, when the alarm went off,” said Karina Suarez, 37, after evacuating the building where she lives in the capital.
Power was knocked out in parts of Mexico City’s central Roma area, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) from the epicenter.
Local residents holding pets stood on the street, while tourists visiting the local market with local guides were very confused and annoyed. Traffic lights stop working and people clutch their phones, send text messages or wait for calls to come in.
“I thought I was going to have a heart attack,” said Gabriela Ramirez, 58, one of many residents across the city.
Michoacan’s Public Security Department said there have been no reports of serious damage in the state so far.
The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for areas of Mexico’s west coast, saying dangerous waves could occur within 300 kilometers (186 miles). from the epicenter of the earthquake.
From Mexico The National Civil Defense Agency did not issue a similar warning, saying it did not expect to see a change in sea levels.