The tremor that was recorded at 01:16 local time (06:16 GMT), with an epicenter in the Pacific Ocean, was the strongest aftershock of the almost 1,300 that have been recorded since earthquake of 7.7 last Monday, according to data from the National Seismological Service.
The 6.9-magnitude earthquake shook much of Mexico in the early hours of Thursday, with a balance of two deaths in the capital. In addition to being felt in Mexico City, the earthquake caused panic in the states of Michoacán, Colima, Jalisco and Guerrero, all with a Pacific coast.
The earthquake surprised the inhabitants of Mexico City when they were already asleep. Many of them ran away when they heard the alert wearing their pajamas and some carrying their dogs, which did not stop barking.
“Fortunately there was no major damage. Of course, the loss of two people here in Mexico City is regretted,” said President Andrés Manuel López Obrador at the beginning of his morning press conference.
Unfortunately, two people lost their lives in Mexico City, according to the report by Claudia Sheinbaum, head of government. In the epicenter area in Michoacán, Colima and Jalisco no misfortune. pic.twitter.com/bNSWnAD4HX
– Andrés Manuel (@lopezobrador_) September 22, 2022
Those who died in the capital are a man who suffered a heart attack and a woman who hit her head falling from the stairs of her home, after the activation of the seismic alert, reported the local mayor’s office.
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The seismic alert has a thunderous sound, but that alarm travels faster than seismic waves and warns of a major telluric movement an average minute before it occurs, allowing you to evacuate homes or find a safe area.
Shakes continue in Michoacán
The epicenter was located 84 km from Coalcomán, in the state of Michoacán (west), where Monday’s main event originated, which according to the Mexican seismology that also left two dead and more than 3,000 damaged buildings.
Last Monday, a powerful earthquake shook Mexico less than an hour after millions of people participated in a drill, as is done every September 19, when two strong earthquakes that occurred on the same date in 1985 and in 2017 are commemorated.
In 1985, an earthquake of 8.1 shook Mexico, leaving large areas of the capital in ruins. According to civil registry data, more than 10,000 people died in the megacity alone.
Meanwhile, on September 19, 2017, another 7.1 earthquake surprised Mexicans, leaving 369 dead.
Experts from the National Seismological Service explained on Monday that the occurrence of these three earthquakes on the same date is the product of mere coincidence. Mexico registers an intense seismic activity for being in the Pacific Ring of Fire, which links America with Asia and where most of the earthquakes in the world occur. (YO)