Magnitude 6.8 earthquake shakes Mexico and leaves at least 1 dead

Magnitude 6.8 earthquake shakes Mexico and leaves at least 1 dead

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A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck western Mexico on Thursday morning, killing at least one person and damaging an unknown number of buildings.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) initially reported that the earthquake hit the Michoacán region of southwestern Mexico. However, Mexico City was also hit more than 100 miles away, where the fatality was reported.

The mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, confirmed the death on Twitter early Thursday morning.

The politician said that a person died from a fall in the Doctores neighborhood of the capital. The victim allegedly hit her head when she fell down the stairs of her home.

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Residents stand on a street after a magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit Mexico City on September 22, 2022.

Residents stand on a street after a magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit Mexico City on September 22, 2022.
(PEDRO PARDO/AFP via Getty Images)

Frightened residents of Mexico City’s Roma Sur neighborhood reportedly ran out of their buildings in pajamas and blankets when the earthquake alarm sounded.

The US Tsunami Warning System did not issue a tsunami warning, meaning the tremors are not expected to trigger a tsunami.

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Thursday’s quake follows a more powerful magnitude 7.6 quake that hit Mexico City on Sept. 19, a day many Mexicans consider unlucky.

Mexico experienced three major earthquakes on September 19 in 1985, 2017, and 2022. The coincidence is reportedly a source of anxiety for many, as the 2017 earthquake claimed the lives of more than 200 people.

People are seen in the Tlatelolco neighborhood after a magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit Mexico City on September 22, 2022.

People are seen in the Tlatelolco neighborhood after a magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit Mexico City on September 22, 2022.

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According to the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale, a scale that measures the intensity of earthquakes, a 6 is considered “strong” and a 7 is “very strong.”

Both magnitudes make it difficult for them to remain and have the potential to cause plaster to fall and break chimneys, according to the United States Geological Survey.

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People gather outside after an earthquake was felt in Mexico City, Thursday, September 22, 2022. The quake struck early Thursday morning, just three days after a deadly quake rattled western and central Mexico. Mexico.

People gather outside after an earthquake was felt in Mexico City, Thursday, September 22, 2022. The quake struck early Thursday morning, just three days after a deadly quake rattled western and central Mexico. Mexico.
(AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

The amount of damage depends on how well made the structures are. There is no information on how many buildings were damaged at this time.

Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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