Earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale shakes Mexico, 1 dead

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MEXICO CITY — A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 hit Mexico early Thursday, rocking buildings and killing at least one person in the country’s capital.

The quake struck shortly after 1 AM, just three days after a magnitude 7.6 earthquake shook western and central Mexico, killing two.

The US Geological Survey said Thursday’s earthquake, like Monday’s, centered in the western state of Michoacan near the Pacific coast. The epicenter was about 46 kilometers southwest of Aguililla, Michoacan, at a depth of about 24.1 kilometers.

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Michoacan’s state government said the quake was felt across the state. It reported damage to a building in the city of Uruapan and some landslides on the highway connecting Michoacan and Guerrero to the coast.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said via Twitter that it was an aftershock of Monday’s earthquake and was also being felt in the states of Colima, Jalisco and Guerrero.

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Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said via Twitter that a woman died in a central neighborhood when she fell down the stairs of her home. Residents huddled in the streets as seismic alarms sounded.

The earthquake shook an already nervous country. Monday’s more powerful earthquake was the third major earthquake to hit on September 19 – in 1985, 2017 and now 2022. The 2017 and 2022 quakes on September 19 came very shortly after the annual earthquake drill conducted on September 19 to destroy the devastating 1985 commemorating earthquake that killed some 9,500 people.

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