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Two People Confirmed Dead As Earthquake Shakes Mexico

September 22, 2022

This was confirmed by the country's President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador via his Twitter post on Thursday.

After many days of intense tremors, Mexico was shaken by an earthquake on Thursday that killed two people as they fled into the streets of the city during the night.


This was confirmed by the country's President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador via his Twitter post on Thursday.


“We had a 6.9 magnitude aftershock with an epicentre in Coalcoman," he tweeted.


“It was felt in Michoacan (and the other states of) Colima, Jalisco, Guerrero and Mexico City. So far there are no reports of damage,” he added.


It was gathered that the second deceased person in Mexico City suffered a heart attack, according to authorities, while a woman died after falling down some stairs and hitting her head when the earthquake activated early warning bells.


According to the country's seismological service, the epicentre of the 6.9-magnitude earthquake was close to the Pacific coast, 84 kilometres (52 miles) south of Coalcoman in the western state of Michoacan.


It was the strongest of more than 1,200 aftershocks from a magnitude 7.7 quake that struck the same area on Monday, the national seismological agency said.


That tremor left two people dead in western Mexico, damaged several thousand buildings and sparked panic more than 400 kilometres away in Mexico City.


The latest quake again triggered alarms in the capital shortly after 1:00 am (0600 GMT) and caused buildings to shake and sway.


Many people quickly evacuated their homes when the alarms sounded, some still dressed in pyjamas were seen carrying their pet dogs.


The quake hit at a depth of 12 kilometres, according to the national seismological agency, while the USGS estimated the depth at 24 kilometres, located about 410 kilometres from Mexico City.


Less than an hour earlier, on the anniversary of two fatal earthquakes that occurred in 1985 and 2017, millions of people in Mexico City took part in emergency drills on Monday.


According to the national seismological agency, the timing was merely a coincidence.


“There is no scientific reason to explain it,” it added.

On September 19, 1985, an 8.1-magnitude quake killed more than 10,000 people and destroyed hundreds of buildings.

On the anniversary of that earthquake in 2017, a magnitude 7.1 quake left around 370 people dead, mainly in the capital.