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

Earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale hits Mexico’s Pacific coast

At least two people have been killed in a severe earthquake off the coast of the state of Michoacán in Mexico.

The earthquake, measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale, stalled on the very same day two previous earthquakes caused massive damage and killed hundreds or thousands of people in 1985 and 2017.

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

The quake passed without that level of tragedy, despite heightened nerves from a nationwide annual earthquake drill that happened less than an hour earlier.

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

Authorities said the tsunami threat is “largely over,” with small sea swings of up to 0.3 meters above and below normal tides to persist for the next few hours.

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Mexico City warned of Popocatépetl . volcanic eruption after earthquake

Authorities in Mexico City warned Monday of ash fall from Popocatépetl volcano, which erupted twice on Sept. 9.

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

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ICYMI: Videos Show Shock and Destruction in Western Mexico

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

Read his full story to get an idea of ​​the impact of the earthquake on everyday Mexicans.

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Twenty hospitals damaged in Michoacán

At least 20 hospitals in Michoacán state suffered structural damage from the earthquake, local authorities say.

According to Mexico ASthe health ministry said medical facilities in Uruapan, Apatzingán, Pátzcuaro and many other towns were affected by the quake, along with churches and a technical university in Coalcomán.

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

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Death toll rises to two

Two people were killed in the Pacific port of Manzanillo in the wake of the powerful earthquake that shook 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 center.

Videos on social media showed the roof of the shopping center collapsing in the top floor, a gym, as people screamed for help.

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Church in Michoacán damaged by powerful earthquake

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

A video shot by locals shows debris falling from a hole in the church building caused by the shock. Cracks were also observed in one of the church’s bell towers.

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Another creepy coincidence

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

Across the country, about 14,000 loudspeakers issued a false warning to test people’s reactions, with millions of citizens evacuating their homes, schools and workplaces.

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Earthquake affects power supply 1.2 million users

Nearly 1.2 million users were without electricity after the powerful earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale hit Mexico on Monday.

According to the Federal Electricity Commission, by 3:30 p.m. local time, power re-installation had been achieved for 68 percent of affected users.

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Video shows hotel room ceiling fan shaking during earthquake

A video shared on Twitter showed a ceiling fan shaking violently in a Puerto Vallarta hotel room as the 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Mexico’s Michoacán state.

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

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Tsunami threat is ‘over’, authorities say

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

According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, the tsunami threat has “largely passed.”

Waves up to 3 meters were previously predicted to hit Mexico and along the coast of Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador and Guatemala, among others, but recent measurements have shown a relative decrease in wave heights.

“Small sea level fluctuations of up to 0.3 meters above and below normal tides could persist for the next few hours,” it said.

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Nothing special about September 19, experts say

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

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

“We knew we would get this question as soon as it happened. Sometimes there are just coincidences.”

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

On a global scale, the USGS says there is no specific season for earthquakes and no such thing as “earthquake weather,” although one study specifically found a link between earthquakes and the monsoon season in Taiwan.

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