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Powerful Earthquake: Tsunami warning in Mexico

Tsunami warning in Mexico: After the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that occurred in Mexico, a tsunami warning was issued.

Actually, an earthquake exercise was supposed to take place in Mexico on Tuesday, but suddenly the earth really shook. The quake in the west of the country reached a magnitude of 7.6. / Tsunami warning in Mexico

A massive earthquake has shaken the central Pacific coast of Mexico. The US agency USGS gave the strength at 7.6 and the Mexican Seismological Institute at 7.7. The center of the earthquake was therefore southeast of the city of Aquila in the state of Michoacán on the Mexican Pacific coast.

Tsunami warning in Mexico: More than 200 aftershocks

In the hours following Monday’s quake, there were more than 200 aftershocks, the most severe measuring 5.3. The US weather agency NOAA issued a tsunami warning. Dangerous tsunami waves are possible. The Mexican civil defense also warned of a tsunami, but put it into perspective that a significant rise in sea level was not expected.

A person was killed by falling parts in the port city of Manzanillo in the state of Colima, the Mexican government announced on Monday (local time). Another person was injured by glass in a hospital in Michoacán. Millions of people in the country of 126 million people felt the earthquake. Many gathered in the open air.

There was damage to homes and some power outages. Engineers and technical teams in the most affected areas, the states of Colima and Michoacán, are examining the detailed condition of buildings and infrastructure, the Mexican government said. According to the Mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, no serious damage was initially reported there.

Media such as the broadcaster Televisa and the newspaper “El Universal” reported damage elsewhere. A hospital in the Maruata community of Michoacán was badly damaged and patients were evacuated. School classes were initially suspended in several states in the afternoon.

School classes were initially suspended in several states in the afternoon. The state electricity provider CFE reported some power outages.

An earthquake alarm was triggered in Mexico City – shortly after a civil protection exercise had taken place nationwide in the afternoon on the anniversary of the severe earthquake of 2017, as the Mexican newspaper “El Universal” reported.

Tsunami warning in Mexico: “We thought this can’t be true”

“We thought that can’t be true! But it is. It’s impressive that the earth is shaking so hard again today,” said 37-year-old Karina Suárez in the center of the capital.

September 19 is a sad date in Mexico. On this day 37 years ago, an earthquake struck Mexico City, killing thousands of people. On September 19, 2017, the ground shook again in Mexico – 369 people died, 228 of them in Mexico City. / Tsunami warning in Mexico

The entire west coast of South, Central and North America lies on the Pacific Ring of Fire. This is the most geologically active region in the world. 90 percent of all earthquakes worldwide occur there. “The coincidence of the September 19 earthquakes deserves to open new lines of scientific research,” the National Autonomous University of Mexico tweeted. This must be done with seriousness and methodology.

Mexico borders the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and is one of the most seismically active countries in the world. The national territory extends over a total of five tectonic plates.

Mexico Earthquake
Mexico Earthquake

Eleven hours after the earthquake occurred at 1:05 p.m. (local time in Mexico City), the Mexican Seismological Service had registered 519 aftershocks.

The largest had a magnitude of 5.3 with an epicenter south of Tecomán in Colima, a state neighboring Michoacán. Both entities registered the greatest intensity of the main tremor and the greatest damage to buildings and infrastructure.

In Manzanillo, Colima, the roof of a gym in a shopping center collapsed, causing the death of one person. There were also landslides on the highway to the state capital and cracks were reported in the Las Trojes storage dam.

In Aquila, Michoacán, the Maruata hospital saw part of its wall fall after suffering serious fractures.

In Mexico City, the residents who took to the streets after hearing the seismic alert saw how the earthquake moved traffic lights, business lamps and traffic signs.

The head of government of the capital, Claudia Sheinbaum, however, reported a “white balance” and pointed out that there are no serious damages in the city.

“We are going to start collecting information. We sincerely hope that nothing serious has happened,” tweeted President López Obrador before the death of a man in Manzanillo was announced.

The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) indicated that 1.2 million users in the country suffered power outages. Five hours after the earthquake, the agency announced that it had already restored the supply of 95% of affected people.

Mexico shook another September 19

Tsunami warning in Mexico

By Marcos González Díaz, BBC News Mundo correspondent in Mexico

A few minutes had passed since the end of the national drill scheduled for 12:19 p.m. on September 19, when the seismic alert sounded again in Mexico City and other places in the country.

Disbelief and confusion were the predominant notes. “But is it true? Or is it a repetition,” many wondered. The Roma neighborhood of the capital, one of the areas where earthquakes are most perceived, felt the movement strongly.

The first impressions of the population were that the earthquake was long, even longer than the previous great earthquakes, they said.

Minutes later, and with the traffic stopped, the Mexicans continued outside their homes and offices waiting for possible replies while the conversation was the same as every September, between expressions still of fright and resignation.

“It’s that the same thing always happens this month, it makes you want to take vacations in September and get out of the city,” said a neighbor near the Condesa neighborhood as he recalled the great earthquakes that shook Mexico on September 19, 1985 and 2017.

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