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7.6-magnitude earthquake rocks Mexico on anniversary of 2 deadly quakes; at least 1 person dead


MEXICO CITY — A 7.6-magnitude earthquake shook Mexico’s central Pacific coast on Monday, killing at least one person and triggering an earthquake alarm in the shaken capital on the anniversary of two previous devastating quakes .

There were no immediate reports of significant damage from the quake which struck at 1:05 p.m. local time, according to the US Geologic Survey, which initially estimated the magnitude at 7.5.

He said the quake was centered 23 miles southeast of Aquila near the Colima and Michoacan state border and at a depth of 9.4 miles.

People remain on the streets after an earthquake in Mexico City on Monday.Pedro Pardo/AFP via Getty Images

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said via Twitter that he was told by the Secretary of the Navy that a person had been killed in the port city of Manzanillo, Colima, when a wall at a shopping center collapsed.

The Michoacan Department of Public Safety said there were no immediate reports of significant damage in that state beyond a few cracks in buildings in the town of Coalcoman.

Mexico’s national civil defense agency said that based on historical data from tsunamis in Mexico, variations of up to 32 inches were possible in coastal water levels near the epicenter. The US Tsunami Warning Center said dangerous tsunami waves were possible for coasts within 186 miles of the epicenter.

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum also tweeted that no damage was reported in the capital.

Alarms for the new quake came less than an hour after an earthquake alarm sounded in a nationwide earthquake simulation marking major and deadly earthquakes that struck in the same date in 1985 and 2017.

7.6-magnitude earthquake rocks Mexico on anniversary of 2 deadly quakes; at least 1 person dead

Humberto Garza stood outside a restaurant in Mexico City’s Roma neighborhood holding his 3-year-old son. Like many people walking outside after the quake, Garza said the earthquake alarm sounded so soon after the annual simulation that he wasn’t sure it was real.

“I heard the alarm, but it was ringing really far away,” he said.

Outside the office of the city’s environmental ombudsman, dozens of employees were waiting. Some looked visibly shaken.

Electricity was cut in parts of the city, including red lights, rumbling the capital’s already notorious traffic.

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