7.6 magnitude earthquake kills 2 in Mexico

A magnitude 7.6 earthquake hits the west Mexico At least two people have died, buildings have been damaged, power outages have occurred, and residents have been displaced. Mexico A city trying to get out for safety.

Officials said two people died in the Pacific Ocean port of Manzanillo. Videos on social media showed the roof of the mall collapsing into a top-floor gymnasium as people screamed for help.

Authorities also reported damage to several hospitals in western Michoacán state near the epicenter. MexicoOne person was injured when glass fell at one of the hospitals, according to the government.

An earthquake struck around 1:00 PM (1800 GMT). MexicoAccording to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), it lies on the west coast, close to the Michoacán border with Colima.

The relatively shallow depth of only 9 miles (15 km) may have amplified the impact.

The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for coastal areas, saying it could reach 1 to 3 meters (3 to 9 feet) above sea level.

Mexico Mayor Claudia Scheinbaum said there were no immediate reports of major damage to the capital after the earthquake struck. Mexico The same days that devastating earthquakes hit the country in 1985 and 2017.

“It seems like a curse,” said Isa Montes, a 34-year-old graphic designer living in the city center’s Loma district, of the timing of the quake as helicopters flew overhead surveying the city.

National Autonomous University Mexico One of the country’s most prestigious institutions of higher education (UNAM) said there was no scientific explanation for the three large earthquakes that occurred on the same day and that they were pure chance.

But others couldn’t quite believe it.

“This date. There’s something on the 19th,” said Ernesto Lanzetta, a business owner in the city’s Cuauhtemoc borough. “The 19th is a day to be feared.”

The September 19, 1985 earthquake killed thousands, while the September 19, 2017 earthquake killed more than 350 people.

Many Mexicans responded to the latest earthquake by posting a series of memes online to vent their fears and find humor in the natural disaster.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador also noted property damage near the epicenter. Images posted on social media showed the building badly damaged.

Mexican officials said an earthquake alarm sounded about two minutes before the quake struck, giving residents time to evacuate.

Still, some people in the capital had trouble understanding it was a real quake as the government had sounded the alarm earlier in the day as an exercise to commemorate past quakes on the same day. .

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In Colecoman, Michoacán, not far from the epicenter, the force of the quake blew roof shingles from homes and cracked the walls of buildings, photos showed. In one store, merchandise was strewn across the floor.

A power outage hit part of the trendy Roma district. Mexico A city approximately 400 km (250 miles) from the epicenter. The power outage affected him 1.2 million users, according to the state power company.

Roma residents stood in the streets with their pets in their arms, while tourists who visited local markets with their guides were visibly confused and agitated. I clutched my phone to send a text message or wait for a call.

Clara Ferri, owner of an Italian bookstore in Rome, said she told her customers to leave as soon as they heard the windows rattling. Her senses were that she had lived in that place for 16 years, so she was used to the sounds of early earthquakes.

“It was like a dentist’s drill for me,” she said.

The rumbling intensified, and when Ferri and his neighbors gathered at the intersection, he looked up to see the eight-story building that houses the shop sway from side to side.

When she returned, the bookshelves had fallen like dominoes, with more than 1,000 books piled on the floor.

Authorities have roped off a sidewalk littered with stones believed to have fallen from the building. Residents left with their pets and suitcases, preparing to spend the night elsewhere. A woman discreetly escorted her 89-year-old uncle, who wore blue and white striped pajamas.

(Reuters) 7.6 magnitude earthquake kills 2 in Mexico

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