Mexico City – A powerful earthquake with an initial magnitude of 6.8 struck Mexico early Thursday morning, causing buildings to sway and killing at least one person in the capital.
The quake occurred shortly after 1 a.m., just three days after a 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck western and central Mexico, killing two people.
Thursday’s quake, like Monday’s, had its epicenter in the western state of Michoacan near the Pacific coast, the US Geological Survey said. The epicenter was about 29 miles (46 km) south-southwest of Aguila, Michoacan, at a depth of about 15 miles (24.1 km).
The Michoacan state government said the quake was felt throughout the state. It reported damage to a building in Uruapan and some landslides on the highway linking Michoacán and Guerrero to the coast.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said via Twitter that the quake was a follow-up to Monday’s quake and was also felt in the states of Colima, Jalisco and Guerrero.
Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said via Twitter that a woman died in a downtown neighborhood when she fell from the stairs of her home. Residents gathered in the streets as the earthquake alarm sounded.
The earthquake shook an already tense country. Monday’s strongest earthquake was the third major earthquake to hit on September 19 – in 1985, 2017 and now in 2022. The two earthquakes in 2017 and 2022 came very soon after the annual earthquake drills held every September 19 to commemorate the devastating 1985 year. The earthquake that killed about 9,500 people.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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