Magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes Mexico, kills at least one person

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A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck western Mexico Thursday morning, killing at least one person and damaging an unknown number of buildings.

The Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) initially announced that the earthquake struck the Michoacan region in southwestern Mexico. However, Mexico City more than 100 miles away was also affected, with deaths reported.

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum confirmed the death on Twitter early Thursday morning.

The politician said that a person had died of a fall in the doctors district in Cologne, the capital. The victim allegedly hit her head as she fell from the stairs of her house.

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Residents stand on a street after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Mexico City on September 22, 2022.
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Frightened residents in Mexico City’s Roma Sur neighborhood reportedly ran out of their buildings in pajamas and blankets as the earthquake alarm went off.

The US Tsunami Warning System has not issued a tsunami warning, which means that earthquakes are not expected to cause a tsunami.

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Thursday’s earthquake came on the heels of a stronger 7.6-magnitude earthquake that struck Mexico City on September 19 – a day many Mexicans feel unlucky.

Mexico was hit by three major earthquakes on September 19 in 1985, 2017, and 2022. Serendipity is said to be a concern for many, with the 2017 earthquake claiming more than 200 lives.

People in the Tlatelolco neighborhood after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake in Mexico City on September 22, 2022.

People in the Tlatelolco neighborhood after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake in Mexico City on September 22, 2022.

According to the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale – a scale that measures the intensity of earthquakes – 6 is considered “strong” and 7 is “very strong”.

Both amounts make it difficult to stand and have the potential to fall off plaster and break chimneys, according to the USGS.

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People gather outside after people felt an earthquake in Mexico City, Thursday, September 22, 2022. The earthquake occurred early Thursday, just three days after a deadly earthquake struck western and central Mexico.

People gather outside after people felt an earthquake in Mexico City, Thursday, September 22, 2022. The earthquake occurred early Thursday, just three days after a deadly earthquake struck western and central Mexico.
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The amount of damage depends on how good the structures are. There is no information on how many buildings were damaged at this time.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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