Earthquake shakes Mexico on 2nd anniversary of big ships

MEXICO CITY – A magnitude 7.6 earthquake rocked Mexico’s central Pacific coast on Monday, killing at least one person and setting off a seismic alert in the shaking capital. on the anniversary of two previous devastating earthquakes.

According to the United States Geological Survey, there were at least some initial reports of damage to buildings from the quake that struck at 1:05 p.m. local time.

It said the quake was centered 23 miles southeast of Aquila near the border of the states of Colima and Michoacan at a depth of 9.4 miles.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said via Twitter that the navy minister had told him that one person had been killed in the port city of Manzanillo, Colima, when a wall at a shopping mall collapsed.

According to local residents, in Coalcomán, Michoacan, near the epicenter of the earthquake, buildings were damaged, including a hospital, but there were no immediate reports of the number of people injured.

The mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, tweeted that there were no reports of damage in the capital, but that power outages in parts of the city, including stop lights, clogged the capital’s traffic.

The new earthquake alert came less than an hour after the earthquake alarm was warmed up in a nationwide earthquake simulation that marked major, deadly earthquakes that occurred on the same day in 1985 and 2017.

“It’s a coincidence,” that this was the third quake to hit September 19, said US Geological Survey seismologist Paul Earle. “There is no physical reason or statistical bias for earthquakes in any given month in Mexico.”

Humberto Garza stands outside a restaurant in Mexico City’s Roma neighborhood holding his 3-year-old son. Like many people outside after the earthquake, Mr. Garza said that the real earthquake alarm went off right after the annual simulation so he wasn’t sure it was genuine.

“I heard the alarm, but it sounded far away,” he said.

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