On a day when Mexico commemorated the anniversaries of two significant earthquakes that occurred in 1985 and 2017, a powerful 7.7 magnitude quake shocked west-central Mexico. After receiving a report from the Naval Ministry, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday evening that one person had died when a wall at a retail centre in Manzanillo, a seaside resort in western Colima state, fell. The governors of the states most impacted by the earthquake were in contact with the Mexican president. According to the Xinhua news agency, the tremor was felt in certain areas of Mexico City.
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According to the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), as many as 1.2 million people were left without energy in Mexico City, the neighbouring State of Mexico, Michoacan, Colima, and Jalisco. The CFE later reported that electricity had been restored to 68% of those affected.
The earthquake was initially given a preliminary magnitude of 7.4 by the National Seismological Service (SSN), but two hours later it was upgraded to 7.7. According to the US Geologic Survey, which had first estimated the magnitude at 7.5, the earthquake occurred around 1:05 pm local time.
It further stated that the epicentre of the earthquake was 37 km (23 miles) southeast of Aquila, close to the border between the states of Colima and Michoacan, and that it was 15.1 km deep (9.4 miles).
The Public Security Department of Michoacan stated that, other from a few building fractures in the town of Coalcoman, there were no initial reports of serious damage in that state.
According to Mexico’s National Civil Defense agency, there was no tsunami alarm from the navy’s tsunami centre since the epicentre’s location prevented any sea level changes from occurring. That, however, went against a warning from the US Tsunami Warning Center. It warned that dangerous tsunami waves might hit coastlines up to 186 miles (300 km) away from the epicentre.
There were no reports of damage in the capital, according to tweets from Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum. Less than an hour had passed after the national earthquake simulation that marked the significant, fatal earthquakes that occurred on the same date in 1985 and 2017 when the latest earthquake was first detected.
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Holding his 3-year-old kid, Humberto Garza stood in front of a restaurant in the Roma district of Mexico City. Garza stated that the earthquake alert rang so quickly after the yearly simulation that he was unsure it was genuine, like many people lingering about outdoors following the earthquake. He admitted, “I heard the alert, but it seemed pretty far away. Dozens of workers waited in front of the city’s environmental ombudsman’s office. Some seemed plainly frightened. Parts of the city were without power, including stoplights, which exacerbated the capital’s already renowned traffic problems.