West News Wire: Early on Thursday, a strong magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Mexico, leaving at least two people dead and damaging houses and triggering landslides.
At 1:19 a.m., an earthquake occurred. three days earlier, a magnitude 7.6 earthquake of the western state of Michoacan struck close to its epicenter. Two fatalities were also attributed to it.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake on Thursday had a depth of 15 miles and was centered 31 miles (50 kilometers) south-southwest of Aguililla, Michoacan (24.1 kilometers).
The state government of Michoacan said that the tremor was felt all around the state. It mentioned some landslides on roadways and damage to a structure in Uruapan.
An aftershock from Monday’s earthquake, according to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Twitter, was also felt in the states of Colima, Jalisco and Guerrero.
Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said via Twitter that two people died a woman who fell down the stairs of her home and a man who had a heart attack. Residents huddled in streets as seismic alarms blared.
The earthquake rattled an already jittery country. Monday’s more powerful quake was the third major earthquake to strike on Sept. 19 in 1985, 2017 and now 2022. The 2017 and 2022 Sept. 19 quakes came very shortly after the annual earthquake drill conducted every Sept. 19 to commemorate the devastating 1985 temblor that killed some 9,500 people.