Powerful earthquake hits western Mexico on anniversary of two tremors

A 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck western Mexico on Monday, killing at least one person and damaging local infrastructure.

It comes on the anniversaries of two local tremors in 1985 and 2017, which killed thousands and 350 people respectively.

At 1:05 p.m. local time (8:05 p.m. CEST), the powerful quake struck near the coast in the border region of Michoacan and Colima states at a depth of about 15 km (9 miles), as reported by the US Geological Survey (USGS).

It also left residents of the country’s capital, Mexico City, rushing to the streets in fear, although Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said there were no immediate reports of damage other than power outages. Some locals brought their pets with them, while tourists were reportedly pissed off.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said in a video address that one person died in the peaceful port of Manzanillo after a wall collapsed at a store.

“It’s that date, there’s something about the 19th,” said Ernesto Lanzetta, a business owner in Mexico City’s Cuauhtemoc neighborhood. “The 19th is a day to fear.”

Electricity was cut in parts of central Rome from the capital, about 400 km from the epicentre.

The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for parts of Mexico’s coast, saying waves reaching 1 to 3 meters above tide level were a possibility.