Seismologists said a powerful earthquake struck western Mexico on Monday, shaking buildings hundreds of miles away in Mexico City on the anniversary of two major earthquakes in 1985 and 2017, seismologists said.
The National Seismic Service reported the quake as a magnitude 7.4, while the United States Geological Survey estimated it at a magnitude 7.6.
According to Mexican seismologists, the epicenter was located 59 kilometers (37 miles) south of Coalcoman in the state of Michoacan on the Pacific coast and several hundred kilometers west of Mexico City.
Mexico City’s earthquake alert sounded less than an hour after the capital held emergency drills about the disaster, sending people into the streets again.
“It feels horrible,” said Karina Suarez, 37, after evacuating the building where she lives in the capital.
“No damage has been reported so far,” Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum tweeted.
On September 19, 1985, a magnitude 8.1 earthquake in Mexico City killed more than 10,000 people and destroyed hundreds of buildings.
On the anniversary of that earthquake in 2017, a 7.1 quake killed about 370 people, mostly in the capital.
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