Powerful earthquake hits Mexico on anniversary of temblors, at least one dead

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MEXICO CITY, Sept. 19 (Reuters) – A powerful earthquake struck western Mexico on Monday on the anniversary of two devastating quakes that killed at least one person, damaged buildings, turned off power and left residents of Mexico City had to take to the streets for their safety.

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

Shortly after 1 p.m. (1800 GMT), the 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck near the coast in the state border region of Michoacan and Colima at a depth of about 15 km (9 mi), the US said. Geological Survey (USGS).

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Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said there were no immediate reports of damage in the capital after the quakes, which swept through Mexico on the same day as major earthquakes that hit the country in 1985 and 2017.

“It’s this date, there’s something about the 19th,” says Ernesto Lanzetta, a business owner in the Cuauhtemoc borough. “The 19th is a day to be afraid of.”

In an earlier post, before announcing the death, Lopez Obrador said there was property damage in areas near the epicenter. Images of heavily damaged buildings were seen on social media.

The power went out in parts of the capital’s central Roma area, some 400 km (250 mi) from the epicenter. Local residents are rocking pets on the street, while tourists visiting a local market with a local guide were visibly confused and upset.

Traffic lights stopped working and people grabbed their phones, sent text messages or waited for calls to come through.

Thousands of people died in the September 19, 1985 earthquake and more than 350 people died in the September 19, 2017 earthquake.

The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a tsunami warning for parts of Mexico’s coast, saying waves from 1 to 3 meters (3 to 9 feet) above the tide level are possible.

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Report by the Mexico City editors; writing by Dave Graham; adaptation by Stephen Eisenhammer and Sandra Maler

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