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Robust quake shakes Mexico, leaving two useless

A powerful earthquake jolted Mexico on Thursday, leaving no less than two individuals useless as residents rushed into the streets of the capital in the midst of the night time days after one other highly effective tremor.

A girl died in Mexico Metropolis after falling down some stairs and hitting her head when the quake triggered early warning alarms, whereas a second sufferer within the capital suffered a coronary heart assault, authorities mentioned.

The epicenter of the 6.9-magnitude earthquake was close to the Pacific coast, 84 kilometers (52 miles) south of Coalcoman within the western state of Michoacan, the nationwide seismological company reported.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) estimated the magnitude at 6.8.

It was the strongest of greater than 1,200 aftershocks from a magnitude 7.7 quake that struck the identical space on Monday, the nationwide seismological company mentioned.

That tremor left two individuals useless in western Mexico, broken a number of thousand buildings and sparked panic greater than 400 kilometers away in Mexico Metropolis.

The newest quake once more triggered alarms within the capital shortly after 1:00 am (0600 GMT) and precipitated buildings to shake and sway.

Many individuals shortly evacuated their houses when the alarms sounded, some nonetheless wearing pajamas and carrying their pet canine.

“We had a 6.9 magnitude aftershock with an epicenter in Coalcoman,” President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador mentioned on Twitter.

“Sadly, two individuals misplaced their lives in Mexico Metropolis,” he mentioned, including that there have been no studies of victims within the western states of Michoacan, Colima and Jalisco.

Mexico Metropolis Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum mentioned official helicopters had flown over the capital and that there have been no preliminary studies of destruction.

“Up to now there isn’t any injury within the metropolis after the earthquake,” she tweeted.

The quake hit at a depth of 12 kilometers, in keeping with the nationwide seismological company, whereas the USGS estimated the depth at 24 kilometers, positioned about 410 kilometers from Mexico Metropolis.

– Traumatic anniversary –

Monday’s tremor got here lower than an hour after thousands and thousands of individuals in Mexico Metropolis participated in emergency drills on the anniversary of two lethal earthquakes in 1985 and 2017.

The timing was not more than a coincidence, the nationwide seismological company mentioned.

“There is no such thing as a scientific purpose to clarify it,” it added.

On September 19, 1985, an 8.1-magnitude quake killed greater than 10,000 individuals and destroyed lots of of buildings.

On the anniversary of that earthquake in 2017, a magnitude 7.1 quake left round 370 individuals useless, primarily within the capital.

Throughout Monday’s earthquake, a person was killed by falling particles in a shopping mall in Manzanillo within the western state of Colima.

A girl later died of accidents brought on by a falling wall in the identical metropolis.

Mexico sits on the earth’s most seismically and volcanically lively zone, generally known as the Ring of Hearth, the place the Pacific plate meets surrounding tectonic plates.

Mexico Metropolis, which along with surrounding city areas is dwelling to greater than 20 million individuals, is inbuilt a pure basin crammed with the sediment of a former lake, making it notably weak to earthquakes.

The capital has an early warning alarm system utilizing seismic screens that goals to present residents sufficient time to evacuate buildings when earthquakes hit seismic zones close to the Pacific coast.

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