On Monday, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico’s west coast, curiously on the same day as two other significant quakes that had shaken the nation years before.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there were no initial indications of significant damage caused by the earthquake, which struck at 1:05 p.m. local time. According to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a wall that was at a mall fell and killed one person in the port city of Manzanillo, Colima.
A tsunami was probable along portions of the Mexican coastline within 200 miles of the earthquake’s epicenter, according to the U.S. Tsunami Warning Center, but there was no threat to the U.S. West Coast, including California and Hawaii, according to Weather.com.
According to the USGS, the earthquake measured 9.4 miles deep and was centered 23 miles southeast of Aquila, close to the border between the states of Colima and Michoacan.
Beyond a few fractures in some structures in the town of Coalcoman, Michoacan’s Public Security agency stated that there were no initial reports of serious damage in that state.
Some walls had fallen, according to Irlanda Villa of coastal Coahuayana, close to the Colima border, but the main worry was that a tsunami would follow. “We were concerned the sea might disappear, but everything turned out great in the end.”
Claudia Sheinbaum, the mayor of Mexico City, also tweeted that there had been no reports of damage in the city.
It occurred on the same day as significant earthquakes in 1985 and 2017. Less than an hour had passed since the earlier earthquakes were marked by a countrywide earthquake simulation when the sirens for Monday’s quake began to ring.
The fact that this is the third earthquake on September 19 is really a coincidence, according to seismologist Paul Earle of the U.S. Geological Survey. “Neither a physical cause nor a statistical bias favour earthquakes in Mexico in any particular month.”
A magnitude 8.0 earthquake that occurred in 1985 close to Mexico City claimed up to 10,000 lives. The 2017 earthquake, which had a magnitude of 7.1, devastated the Mexican states of Morelos and Puebla and killed around 370 people.
Originally published on PalmNewsDaily, this article says: A major earthquake strikes Mexico on Sept. 19 for the third time since 1985, this time a magnitude 7.6; 1 dead