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6.8 magnitude earthquake shakes Mexico, 2 lifeless

MEXICO CITY — A strong magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Mexico early Thursday, inflicting not less than two deaths, damaging buildings and setting off landslides.

The earthquake struck at 1:19 a.m. close to the epicenter of a magnitude 7.6 quake that hit three days earlier within the western state of Michoacan. It was additionally blamed for 2 deaths.

The U.S. Geological Survey stated Thursday’s earthquake was centered 31 miles (50 kilometers) south-southwest of Aguililla, Michoacan, at a depth of 15 miles (24.1 kilometers).

Michoacan’s state authorities stated the quake was felt all through the state. It reported injury to a constructing within the metropolis of Uruapan and a few landslides on highways.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stated by way of Twitter that it was an aftershock from Monday’s quake and was additionally felt within the states of Colima, Jalisco and Guerrero.

Mexico Metropolis Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum stated by way of Twitter that two individuals died — a girl who fell down the steps of her residence and a person who had a coronary heart assault. Residents huddled in streets as seismic alarms blared.

The earthquake rattled an already jittery nation. Monday’s extra highly effective quake was t he third major earthquake to strike on Sept. 19 — in 1985, 2017 and now 2022. The 2017 and 2022 Sept. 19 quakes got here very shortly after the annual earthquake drill carried out each Sept. 19 to commemorate the devastating 1985 temblor that killed some 9,500 individuals.

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