Mexico City — A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 struck Mexico early Thursday, causing buildings to sway and leaving at least one person dead in the country’s capital. Residents crowded the streets as seismic alarms sounded.
The outage struck shortly after 1 a.m., just three days laterFr.
The US Geological Survey said Thursday’s earthquake, like Monday’s, was centered in the western state of Michoacan near the Pacific coast. The epicenter of the earthquake was about 29 miles south-southwest of Aguililla, Michoacan, at a depth of about 15 miles.
Michoacan’s government said the quake was felt throughout the state. It reports damage to a building in the town of Uruapan and several landslides on the highway that connects Michoacan and Guerrero to the coast.
President Andres Manuel López Obrador tweeted that it was an aftershock from Monday’s quake and was also felt in the states of Colima, Jalisco and Guerrero.
Mexico City Mayor Claudia Scheinbaum said via Twitter that a woman died in the central district when she fell down the stairs of her home.
The latest earthquake shook an already nervous country.
Monday’s strongest was the third major earthquake to hit on Sept. 19 — 1985, 2017 and now 2022.
The 2017 and 2022 quakes occurred shortly after earthquake drills held every September 19 to commemorate the devastating 1985 earthquake that killed around 9,500 people.
The date of the earthquake on Monday was just a coincidence, the national seismological agency said, reports Agence France-Presse. “There is no scientific reason to explain it,” the agency pointed out.