Mexico earthquake today live updates: Tsunami warning revised as death toll from 7.6 magnitude earthquake rises to two

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake hits the Pacific coast of Mexico

At least two people have been killed by a major earthquake off Mexico’s Michoacán state.

The quake, measured at a magnitude of 7.6, happened on the exact same day as two previous quakes caused huge damage and killed hundreds or thousands of people in 1985 and 2017.

One of the victims died on Monday after being crushed by the facade of a department store in the Pacific port of Manzanillo, while another was found dead in a shopping center.

The earthquake passed without this level of tragedy, despite the heightened nerves of an annual national earthquake drill that occurred less than an hour prior.

The tsunami warning, issued immediately after the earthquake, was revised later in the day.

Authorities said the threat of the tsunami had “largely passed”, with minor sea fluctuations of up to 0.3 meters above and below normal tide that will continue for the next few hours. .

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After the earthquake, Mexico City warned of ash fall from the Popocatépetl volcano

Authorities in Mexico City warned on Monday of ashfall from the Popocatépetl volcano, which erupted twice on September 9.

According to reports, people have been advised not to engage in outdoor activities and to keep pets inside the house.

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ICYMI: Videos show tremors and destruction in western Mexico

Videos on social media showed Monday’s earthquake rocking trucks back and forth, shaking hotel rooms and scattering ceiling tiles on the floor in office buildings, my colleague Graig Graziosi reports.

Read its full story to get an idea of ​​how the earthquake affected Mexicans on a daily basis.

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Twenty hospitals damaged in Michoacán

At least 20 hospitals in the state of Michoacán suffered structural damage as a result of the earthquake, according to local authorities.

According Mexico ASthe state health ministry reported that medical facilities in Uruapan, Apatzingán, Pátzcuaro and many other towns were affected by the tremor, as well as churches and a technical college in Coalcomán.

A video posted to Twitter showed products strewn across the floor, aisle after aisle of a supermarket in Michoacán. The neighboring state of Jalisco also reported damage to religious buildings.

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The death toll rises to two

Two people have been killed in the peaceful port of Manzanillo following the powerful earthquake that rocked Mexico yesterday, authorities said.

One of the victims died after being crushed by the facade of a department store while another was found dead in a shopping mall.

Videos on social media showed the mall’s roof collapsed on the top floor, a gym, as people screamed for help.

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Michoacán church damaged by powerful earthquake

The Church of San Miguel Arcángel in Michoacán was damaged after a powerful earthquake hit Mexico on Monday.

Video captured by residents showed debris falling from a hole in the church building caused by the shaking. Cracks were also spotted on one of the church steeples.

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Another strange coincidence

This earthquake occurred less than an hour after Mexico’s annual national earthquake drill, which was introduced in 1985 after the devastating earthquake in Mexico City.

Across the country, around 14,000 loudspeakers sounded a false warning to test people’s responses, with millions of civilians evacuating their homes, schools and workplaces.

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An earthquake affects the power supply of 1.2 million users

Nearly 1.2 million users were left without power after the powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico on Monday.

According to the Federal Electricity Commission, as of 3:30 p.m. local time, the reinstallation of the power supply has been completed for 68% of the affected users.

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Video shows hotel room ceiling fan shaking during earthquake

Video shared on Twitter showed a violently shaking ceiling fan in a hotel room in Puerto Vallarta when the 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck the coast of Michoacán state in Mexico.

According to local reports, several hotels in the resort suffered damage, with cracks appearing on ceilings and windows.

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Tsunami threat ‘passed’, authorities say

The tsunami warning that was issued immediately after the earthquake off the coast of the state of Michoacán has been revised.

According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, the tsunami threat is “largely past”.

Previously, waves of up to 3 meters were expected to hit Mexico and along the coasts of Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador and Guatemala, among other countries, but recent readings have shown a decrease relative wave height.

“Minor sea level fluctuations of up to 0.3 meters above and below normal tide could continue for the next few hours,” he said.

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Nothing special about September 19, experts say

The fact that three different earthquakes all hit Mexico on September 19 is nothing more than a coincidence, according to seismologists.

“It’s a coincidence,” said Paul Earle of the US Geological Survey (USGS). The Associated Press. “There is no physical reason or statistical bias toward earthquakes in any given month in Mexico…

“We knew we would have this question as soon as it happened. Sometimes it’s just coincidences.”

José Luis Mateos, a physicist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), said AS Mexico that the probability of three earthquakes occurring on the same day in the same country is 1 in 133,225.

Globally, the USGS says there is no particular season for earthquakes and there is no “seismic weather”, although a study has found an association between earthquakes and the monsoon season in Taiwan in particular.