A powerful earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale shook Mexico’s southwest coast on Monday, killing at least one person, with shocks reported as far as Mexico City.
The earthquake struck just after 1 p.m. EST, with the epicenter very close to the shoreline in a sparsely populated region of the state of Michoacan, according to data from the US Geological Survey.
In nearby Colima, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the epicenter, very strong shaking capable of “moderate” damage was reported, while in Mexico City, about 500 km (310 miles) away, “light to moderate” shaking was reported.
Local news outlets reported that firefighters have closed some buildings in Mexico City to the public over collapse concerns.
One person lost his life after a fence fell at a shopping center in Manzanillo in western Colima state, President Lopez Obrador said on social media, citing Jose Rafael Ojeda Duran, Secretary of the Navy.
According to the city’s mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, no casualties or damage have yet been recorded in Mexico City.
The magnitude of the quake was initially reported by the US Geological Survey (USGS) as 7.6. Mexico’s National Seismological Bureau updated the magnitude to 7.7 later on Monday during a news conference.
According to USGS, the earthquake struck about 37 kilometers southeast of the city of Aquila, with a depth of about 15.1 kilometers (9 miles).
A tsunami warning was initially issued immediately after the earthquake, but has since been revised.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the tsunami threat is “largely over.” The organization’s latest measurements also showed a drop in wave heights.
Waves up to 3 meters (9.8 feet) were previously predicted to hit Mexico and hit the Pacific coasts of Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru.
The news came on the fifth anniversary of the 2017 earthquake that killed 216 people in Mexico City.
The epicenter of that 7.1 magnitude earthquake was 4.5 km (2.8 miles) east-northeast of San Juan Raboso and 55 km (34.1 miles) southwest of the city of Puebla, in the state of Puebla. , the USGS reported at the time.