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Strong earthquake shakes Mexico's Pacific coast

Published:Monday | September 19, 2022 | 2:23 PM
People gather outside after a magnitude 7.6 earthquake was felt in Mexico City, Monday, September 19, 2022. There were no immediate reports of damage from the quake that hit at 1:05 p.m. local time, according to the US Geologic Survey, which said the quake was centred near the boundary of Colima and Michoacan states. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A magnitude 7.6 earthquake shook Mexico's central Pacific coast on Monday, setting off a seismic alarm in the rattled capital on the anniversary of two earlier devastating quakes.

There were no immediate reports of significant damage from the quake that hit at 1:05 p.m. local time, according to the US Geologic Survey, which had initially put the magnitude at 7.5.

It said the quake was centred 23 miles southeast of Aquila near the boundary of Colima and Michoacan states and at a depth of 9.4 miles.

Michoacan's Public Security Department said there were no immediate reports of significant damage in that state beyond some cracks in buildings in the town of Coalcoman.

Mexico's National Civil Defence agency said that the navy's tsunami centre had not issued an alert because due to the epicenter's location, no variation in sea levels was expected.

However, that contradicted an alert from the US Tsunami Warning Center.

It said that hazardous tsunami waves were possible for coasts within 186 miles of the epicenter.

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum also tweeted that there were no reports of damage in the capital

Alarms for the new quake came less than an hour after a quake alarm warbled in a nationwide earthquake simulation marking major, deadly quakes that struck on the same date in 1985 and 2017.

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