an earthquake of official magnitude of 7.6 shook central Mexico on Monday just on the day of the anniversaries of the earthquakes of September 19, 1985 and 2017, considered the two most destructive in recent history.
In fact, the tremor was recorded minutes after the drill that took place this afternoon in that country.
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The report of the National Seismological Service of Mexico confirmed that the 7.6 earthquake was recorded 59 kilometers south of Coalcoman, Michoacán, around 1:05 pm (local time), with a depth of 10 kilometers. Minutes before, a preliminary report of magnitude 6.8 had been given.
The National Civil Protection Coordination of that country reported that, at the moment, no damages are reported in the states where it was perceived. However, monitoring continues.
United States issues tsunami warning
The United States Tsunami Warning System issued an alert on Monday after the 7.6-magnitude earthquake that shook central Mexico today, near the coast of Michoacán.
That institution specified on its website that the earthquake occurred at a depth of six miles.
Tsunami warning centers rely on an observation system that includes seismic and sea level networks to determine when and where to issue a warning message, according to the national meteorological organization on its website.
What do the authorities say in Mexico?
For his part, the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, tweeted: “We are going to start collecting information. We hope with all our hearts that nothing serious has happened.”
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The phenomenon occurred less than an hour after the national macro drill organized at 12:19 p.m. (local time) to commemorate the earthquakes of September 19, 1985 and 2017.
“The emergency protocols were activated due to the earthquake registered this afternoon in Michoacán. Civil Protection of Michoacán remains alert,” the government of that state, where the epicenter occurred, wrote on Twitter.
While the head of the Government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, reported that “So far no damage has been reported in the City”where “five condors from the Secretariat of Citizen Security of Mexico City continue to fly over.”
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“Perceptible earthquake. Seismic alarms sounded. Condors flying over. We are in C5. So far no damage has been reported. In a few minutes, more information. The earthquake continues, stay calm,” the capital’s president said on Twitter.
Other entities in the south and Pacific of Mexico, such as Colima and Jalisco, also reported that the earthquake was perceptible.
Moments before the earthquake
just hours before, President López Obrador led a ceremony to remember the victims of the tremors of September 19, 1985 and 2017.
On September 19, 1985, the earthquake occurred at 7:19 local time, with a magnitude of 8.1 and its epicenter in the state of Guerrero, in the south of the country, and left more than 20,000 dead, most of them in the Mexican capital.
On the same date, 32 years later, on September 19, 2017, an earthquake of magnitude 7.1 and with an epicenter between Puebla and Morelos (center of the country) left about 370 dead, 228 of them in Mexico City.
*With information from EFE and El Universal (Mexico) / GDA