Strong earthquake in Mexico, Monday


A magnitude 7.6 quake quake hit southwestern Mexico on Monday near the coast on the border region of the states of Michoacan and Colima at a depth of around 15 km (9 miles). It was the same day as major quakes battered the country in 1985 and 2017. Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said there were no immediate reports of damage in the capital but power was knocked out in large areas. One person was killed in the port city of Manzanillo, Colima when a wall at a mall collapsed.Local residents cradling pets stood on the street.


Traffic lights stopped working. Hazardous tsunami waves were possible for coasts located within 300 kilometers of the epicenter, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said but Mexico’s national civil defense agency said that the navy’s tsunami center had not issued an alert because due to the epicenter’s location, no variation in sea levels was expected.Residents near the epicenter reported strong shaking which lasted at least 20 seconds and there were early reports of structural damage, including two shopping malls in Manzanillo which partially collapsed. A hospital was also damaged. “We’re going to start compiling information and hope with all our hearts that nothing serious has happened,” President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said in a video posted to his social media accounts.In Mexico City, some 400 miles east of the epicenter, buildings were evacuated as a precaution.Only a small tsunami wave measuring 32 cm (1.1 feet) was recorded near Zihuatanejo, the center said.Mexico sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of fault lines circling the Pacific Basin which is prone to large earthquakes.