Earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale hits Mexico’s Pacific coast
At least one person has been killed in a massive earthquake off the coast of Michoacán state in Mexico.
The US National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a tsunami warning for Mexico’s west coast, stating that “dangerous tsunami waves” can reach up to three meters above normal tide level.
The earthquake was measured at a preliminary magnitude of 7.6, which is powerful but not historic. According to the US Geological Survey, about 10-20 such earthquakes occur around the world every year.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said one person has died from a falling gate at a shopping center in the western state of Colima.
Videos showed clattering rooms, wildly swaying light fixtures and wobbly pickup trucks all over western Mexico. However, the total damage from the earthquake seemed light compared to previous disasters.
Follow live updates on the situation below.
Videos show quake-rattling rooms and pickup trucks
Videos have surfaced depicting scenes of rooms rattling and pickup trucks tipping over in western Mexico, my colleague Graig Graziosic reports.
A video shared by Diario de Morelos, a publication about the region near the earthquake’s epicenter, shows a few trucks shaking violently as seismic activity shakes the region.
John Carlos Estrada, a reporter at TNZT Austin, shared several videos of the earthquake of people on the ground in Mexico. One video shows street signs in Mexico City swaying from side to side as a result of the earthquake.
Read Craig’s full story here.
Io DoddsSeptember 19, 2022 21:51
Tsunami waves registered at three sea meters
The US National Weather Service now says three sets of tsunami waves have been measured, at sea level gauges off the coasts of Manzanillo, Zihuatanejo and Acapulco.
So far, these waves have not been as big as feared: The NWS says their “maximum tsunami height” was 0.8m, 0.5m and 0.1m, respectively.
Io DoddsSeptember 19, 2022 21:36
One person killed in Colima
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has said at least one person was killed in the earthquake.
Obrador said on Twitter Monday afternoon that he had been informed by his Secretary of the Navy that a person has died in Manzanillo, Colima state as a result of a falling gate at a shopping center.
He said he is still waiting for a response from the governor of Colima about some regions of the state because communications were interrupted by the earthquake.
Io DoddsSeptember 19, 2022 21:14
How powerful is a 7.6 magnitude earthquake?
An earthquake measuring between 7 and 8 is more powerful than most, reaching about 10-20 per year according to the US Geological Survey.
The most powerful earthquake ever recorded was the great Chilean earthquake in 1960, estimated to have been between 9.4 and 9.6 in magnitude and killed thousands of people.
Today’s earthquake was more powerful than the earthquake that devastated Mexico in 2017 (magnitude 7.3), which killed 370 people, and is almost as powerful as the 1985 Mexico City earthquake (magnitude 8), which killed at least 5,000 people. perished and probably more. Oddly enough, all three earthquakes happened on the same day.
But that doesn’t mean this earthquake will be that bad. The actual impact of an earthquake is influenced by many factors, including the location of the epicenter, the depth of the shock, and the geology of the areas affected.
Io DoddsSeptember 19, 2022 20:59
No tsunami threat for Hawaii and other countries
Here is the latest bulletin from the NWS, released about half an hour ago.
“A preliminary magnitude 7.6 earthquake occurred near the coast of Michoacán, Mexico at 1805 UTC on Monday, September 19, 2022,” the report said.
“Tsunami waves have been observed. Based on all available data, dangerous tsunami waves are predicted for some coasts.”
It specifically says that Mexico can get waves up to 3 meters above the normal tide level, but other countries and islands like Hawaii probably wouldn’t be significantly affected.
In a separate bulletin, the NWS added, “Based on all available data, no destructive tsunami is expected in the Pacific Ocean and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii.”
Io DoddsSeptember 19, 2022 20:36
NWS says tsunami waves have been detected
Good afternoon. A powerful earthquake has rocked buildings across Mexico, exactly five years to the day since another earthquake of similar magnitude killed 370 people.
The US National Weather Service (NWS) said tsunami waves could reach up to three meters along Mexico’s west coast.
Io DoddsSeptember 19, 2022 20:30