Mexico City — A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 hit Mexico early Thursday morning, causing buildings to sway and killing at least one person in the capital. Residents crowded the streets as an earthquake alarm sounded.
The earthquake struck shortly after 1 a.m., just three days latera.
Thursday’s quake, like Monday’s, had its epicenter in the western state of Michoacan near the Pacific coast, the US Geological Survey said. The epicenter was 29 miles south-southwest of Aguilia, Michoacan, at a depth of about 15 miles.
The Michoacan government said the quake was felt across the state. It reported damage to a building in Uruapan and some landslides on the highway linking Michoacán and Guerrero to the coast.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wrote on Twitter that Monday’s earthquake was followed and was also felt in the states of Colima, Jalisco and Guerrero.
Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said via Twitter that a woman died in a downtown neighborhood when she fell from the stairs of her home.
The latest earthquake hit an already tense country.
Monday’s strongest earthquake was the third major earthquake to strike on September 19 – in 1985, 2017 and now in 2022.
The 2017 and 2022 earthquakes came very soon after earthquake drills were held every September 19 to commemorate the devastating 1985 earthquake that killed about 9,500 people.
The National Seismological Agency said the date of Monday’s quake was a coincidence. The agency noted that “there is no scientific reason to explain this.”