Mexico was shaken by a magnitude 7.6 earthquake on the Pacific coast on Monday, which killed at least one person.
The quake struck around 1:05 PM local time in southwest Mexico, about 23 miles from the southeast of Aquila and damaged buildings. The quake was strong enough to set off a seismic alarm in Mexico City, over 410 miles to the east.
The only d*ath came when a wall collapsed at a mall in the port city of Manzanillo in Colima, about 85 miles north of the epicenter.
“We will begin to gather information and hope with all our hearts that nothing serious has happened,” President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said in the film.
Witnesses described the quake as long-lasting and strong.
Carla Cárdenas, 16, of Coalcoman, said the buildings had cracked walls and damaged roofs.
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“At the hotel, the roof of the car park was rumbling and falling to the ground and there are cracks in the walls on the second floor,” she said.
The US Tsunami Warning Center has warned that waves may occur off coasts less than 190 miles from the epicenter. Waves can be as high as 3 feet and may already have reached some areas.
Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and Peru could see smaller waves.
The quake actually happened about an hour after the nationwide earthquake simulation that took place today due to the deadly earthquakes that occurred on the same day in 1985 that killed as many as 10,000 people in Mexico City, and in 2017 in which 216 people died in the capital.
US Geological Survey seismologist Paul Earle said it was just a coincidence.
“In Mexico, there is no physical reason or statistical bias for any earthquake this month.”
With News Wire services
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