A strong earthquake shakes Mexico, two dead in the capital
The ground shook again in western Mexico on Wednesday night, even in the capital Mexico City, where two people were killed, three days after an earlier earthquake that also killed two people.
The magnitude 6.9 quake, recorded just before 1:20 a.m. (0620 GMT), is the strongest aftershock from Monday’s quake, according to the National Seismological Service. The epicenter was again in the west of the country, near the Pacific.
In Mexico City, a woman died after “falling down the stairs at home” after the anti-seismic alarm was activated, Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said, citing Citizen Security Services on Twitter. A man died of a heart attack.
In the capital, the alarm woke residents or emptied the last restaurants that were still open.
Many rushed into the street in their pajamas when they heard the shrill ringing, AFP found out.
A strong shock was then felt in the city, which has nine million inhabitants, 25 million on the outskirts of EdoMex (Estado de Mexico).
The epicenter is in Michoacan state, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Twitter, adding that four western states were affected – Michoacan, Colima, Jalisco, Guerrero – as well as the capital. “No damage has been reported so far.”
– Unlikely Coincidence –
Mexico City’s mayor said official helicopters flew over the city to assess damage.
The epicenter was 84 kilometers from the town of Coalcoman, the National Seismological Service said.
The epicenter of Monday’s 7.7-magnitude earthquake was also in Michoacan, near the Pacific Ocean. According to the seismological service, two people were killed and around 3,000 buildings damaged in the state of Colima.
Monday’s earthquake happened by a very unlikely coincidence on the anniversary of two deadly earthquakes in 1985 and 2017.
The quake hit the capital, Mexico City, 46 minutes after millions of people took part in a prevention exercise organized each year by Civil Defense to mark the anniversaries of the September 19, 1985 and 2017 earthquakes.
On September 19, 2017, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake killed 369 people. Entire buildings collapsed in downtown Mexico City.
On September 19, 1985, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake devastated the center of the capital, killing more than 10,000 people.
The probability of a third earthquake on September 19 was 0.000751%, according to scientist José Luis Mateos, quoted by Mexican newspapers.
“Nothing scientifically tells us that September 19 is a special day for an earthquake,” said the mayor of Mexico City, a physicist by training.
Located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area where tectonic plate collisions cause high seismic activity, Mexico is prone to major earthquakes.
The Mexican city at over 2,000 meters above sea level is particularly vulnerable in its part built on the ancient pre-Hispanic lake that has been covered over the centuries.
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