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6.8 magnitude earthquake shakes Mexico, one dead

Published:Thursday | September 22, 2022 | 6:40 AM
People gather outside after an earthquake was felt in Mexico City, Thursday, September 22, 2022. The earthquake struck early Thursday, just three days after a deadly earthquake shook western and central Mexico. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 struck Mexico early Thursday, causing buildings to sway and leaving at least one person dead in the nation's capital.

The earthquake struck shortly after 1 a.m., just three days after a 7.6-magnitude earthquake shook western and central Mexico, killing two.

The United States Geological Survey said Thursday's earthquake, like Monday's, was centred in the western state of Michoacan near the Pacific coast.

The epicentre was about 29 miles south-southwest of Aguililla, Michoacan, at a depth of about 15 miles.

Michoacan's state government said the quake was felt throughout the state. It reported damage to a building in the city of Uruapan and some landslides on the highway that connects Michoacan and Guerrero with the coast.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said via Twitter that it was an aftershock from Monday's quake and was also felt in the states of Colima, Jalisco and Guerrero.

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said via Twitter that one woman died in a central neighbourhood when she fell down the stairs of her home. Residents were huddled in streets as seismic alarms blared.

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