An earthquake of magnitude 6.9 was recorded in the early hours of this Thursday in Mexico, with a balance of three deaths, reported the authorities, unleashing panic in the capital and other areas of the country. It is the strongest aftershock of the earthquake of magnitude 7.7 registered last Monday, with a balance of two dead and more than 3,000 buildings damaged, according to the National Seismological Service. So far there have been 1,229 aftershocks of that event.
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Two people died in Mexico City: a man of a heart attack and a woman who hit her head when she fell from the stairs of her homeafter activation of the seismic alertreported the local mayor.
While in the state of Colima, a 5-month-old baby died. The minor died after a gas explosion in his house, where his brother and his mother were also injured, so the total number of people injured in the tremor rose to five.
With a thunderous soundesa alarm It travels faster than seismic waves and warns of a major telluric movement one minute on average before it occurs, allowing you to evacuate homes or find a safe area.
The movement surprised the inhabitants of Mexico City when they were already asleep. Many of them ran away when they heard the alert wearing their pajamas and some carrying their dogs, which did not stop barking.
The epicenter It was located 84 km from coalcománin the state of Michoacan (west), where the main event originated. Initially, the Seismological Service had estimated a magnitude of 6.5 for the movement on Thursday.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that the earthquake was felt in Mexico City and in the states of Michoacán, Colima, Jalisco and Guerrero.all with Pacific coastline.
“So far no damage report”said the president in a video recorded in his office while speaking with the mayor of the capital, Claudia Sheinbaum, and broadcast on Twitter.
The earthquake was felt strongly in several areas of Mexico City and its metropolitan area, located about 400 km from the epicenter and home to about 22 million people.
After the tremor, Sheinbaum reported that official helicopters were flying over the city and that there were no reports of damage.
“So far there is no damage in the city after the earthquake. I’m still pending, reporting,” Sheinbaum said on Twitter.
Last Monday, a powerful earthquake shook Mexico less than an hour after millions of people participated in a drill, as is done every September 19, when two strong earthquakes that occurred on the same date in 1985 and 2017 are commemorated.
In 1985, an earthquake measuring 8.1 shook Mexico leaving large areas of the capital in ruins. According to civil registry data, more than 10,000 people died in the megacity alone.
Meanwhile, on September 19, 2017, another 7.1 earthquake surprised Mexicans, leaving 369 dead.
Experts from the National Seismological Service explained on Monday that the occurrence of these three earthquakes on the same date is the product of a “coincidence.”
Mexico It registers an intense seismic activity because it is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, which unites America with Asia and where most of the earthquakes in the world occur.