A powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake rocks central Mexico on the anniversary of two major earthquakes

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The earthquake was strongly felt in Mexico City and other states.

As in 1985 and 2017, a strong earthquake struck Mexico on September 19, killing at least one person.

The magnitude of Monday’s earthquake was 7.7, according to the Mexican Seismological Service. The epicenter was 59 kilometers south of Coalcomán in the state of Michoacán and at a depth of 10 km.

The earthquake was strongly felt in Mexico City and at least 11 other areas in the country’s midwest.

The President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, reported a deceased in the community of Manzanilloin Colima state, after the fall of a shop fence.

After the earthquake, the United States Tsunami Monitoring Center warned of a possible tsunami on the Pacific coast of Mexicoalthough the alarm was later deactivated.

The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) reported a “sea level rise” recorded in Manzanillo with a maximum recorded amplitude of 124 centimeters.

However, the Civil Defense of the State of Colima ruled out the tsunami alert for the entity’s coasts “although fluctuations in the waves are expected,” he published on his Twitter account, asking to avoid approaching the beaches.

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The intensity of the tremors was noted across much of Mexico.

This Monday’s earthquake was accurately recorded on the anniversary of both big Earthquakes that have hit the country Strong in 1985 and 2017left hundreds dead.

The relatives of the 26 victims (including 19 children) who died five years ago at the Rébsamen school in the Mexican capital actually observed a minute’s silence for the tragedy when they were surprised by this new tremor.

Also to mark the anniversary and less than an hour before Monday’s quake, Mexico conducted the national earthquake drill to prepare the population.

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Manzanillo in Colima suffered damage to some of its homes and businesses after the earthquake.

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Some damage was also reported in Guadalajara, the capital of the state of Jalisco.

waiting for replicas

Three hours after the earthquake at 1:05 p.m. (Mexico City time), the Mexican seismological service had registered 217 trembling aftershocks.

The largest had a magnitude of 5.3 with an epicenter south of Tecomán in Colima, a neighboring state of Michoacán. Both units recorded damage to buildings and infrastructure.

In Manzanillo, Colima, the roof of a gym at a mall collapsed, there were landslides on the highway to the state capital, and cracks were reported at Las Trojes Dam.

In Aquila, Michoacán, the Maruata Hospital saw part of its wall collapse after suffering serious fractures.

In Mexico City, residents who took to the streets after the earthquake alert saw the quake moving traffic lights, shop lights and traffic signs.

However, the head of government in the capital, Claudia Sheinbaum, spoke up “white balance” and pointed out that there is no serious damage in the city.

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Health services had to treat several people suffering from nervous breakdowns and anxiety as a result of the incident.

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Patients from medical centers had to be evacuated during the quake, like at this hospital in Guadalajara.

“We will start gathering information. We sincerely hope that nothing serious has happened,” President López Obrador tweeted before announcing the death of a man in Manzanillo.

The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) said 1.2 million users across the country suffered power outages. Five hours after the earthquake, the agency announced that it had already restored care to 95% of the people affected.

Mexico shook again on September 19

Through Mark Gonzalez DiazBBC correspondent news world in mexico

A few minutes had passed since the end of the national exercise, scheduled for 12:19 p.m. on September 19, when the earthquake alarm sounded again in Mexico City and other places in the country.

Disbelief and confusion were the dominant tones. “But is it true? Or is it a repeat,” many wondered. The Roma district of the capital, one of the areas where earthquakes are most felt, felt the movement heavily.

The people’s first impression was that the earthquake was long, even longer than previous large earthquakes, they said.

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Minutes later and with traffic stopped, Mexicans continued in front of their homes and offices, waiting for possible answers, while the conversation was the same as every September, between expressions of fear and resignation.

“It’s like this month the same thing always happens, it makes you want to take a vacation in September and get out of the city,” said a neighbor near the Condesa neighborhood, recalling the big earthquakes that struck Mexico on September 19, 1985 rocked 2017.

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