6.8 magnitude earthquake shakes Mexico, no damage known yet


A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 has caused buildings to sway in Mexicos capital. The earthquake struck early Thursday shortly after 1 am, just three days after a 7.6-magnitude earthquake shook western and central Mexico, killing two. The US Geological Survey said Thursdays earthquake like Mondays tremor was centred in the western state of Michoacan near the Pacific coast.

The epicentre was about 29 miles (46 kilometres) south-southwest of Aguililla, Michoacan, at a depth of about 15 miles (24.1 kilometres). Michoacans state government said the quake was felt throughout the state, but did not immediately report damage. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said via Twitter that it was an aftershock from Mondays quake and was also felt in the states of Colima, Jalisco and Guerrero. The president said there were no immediate reports of damage. Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said via Twitter there were no immediate reports of damage in the capital. Residents were huddled in streets as seismic alarms blared.

The earthquake rattled an already jittery country. Mondays more powerful quake was the third major earthquake to strike on September 19 in 1985, 2017 and now 2022.

The 2017 and 2022 September 19 quakes came very shortly after the annual earthquake drill conducted every September 19 to commemorate the devastating 1985 temblor that killed some 9,500 people.


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