Strong earthquake shakes Mexico |

Alerts for the new quake came less than an hour after quake alerts chirped in a nationwide earthquake simulation.

MEXICO CITY, Mexico — A 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico’s central Pacific coast on Monday, killing at least one person and triggering a seismic alert in the shaken capital on the anniversary of two previous devastating tremors.

According to the US Geologic Survey, which initially estimated the magnitude at 7.5, there were no immediate reports of significant damage from the quake, which struck at 1:05 p.m. local time.

It said the quake was concentrated 37 kilometers (23 miles) southeast of Aquila near the border of Colima and Michoacan states and at a depth of 15.1 kilometers (9.4 miles).

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said via Twitter that the Secretary of the Navy had informed him that in the port city of Manzanillo, Colima, one person was killed when a wall collapsed at a shopping mall.

The Michoacan Department of Public Safety said there were no immediate reports of significant damage in the state, aside from some cracking in buildings in the town of Coalcoman.

Mexico’s National Civil Defense Agency said that based on historical data from Mexico’s tsunamis, variations of up to 82 cm (32 inches) are possible in coastal water levels near the epicenter. The US Tsunami Warning Center said dangerous coastal tsunami waves are possible within 186 miles (300 kilometers) of the epicenter.

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum also tweeted that there were no reports of damage in the capital

Alerts for the new quake came less than an hour after a quake alert warbled in a nationwide earthquake simulation that marked severe, deadly tremors that happened on the same day in 1985 and 2017.

Humberto Garza was standing with his three-year-old son outside a restaurant in Mexico City’s Roma district. Like many who wandered outside after the quake, Garza said the earthquake alarm sounded so soon after the annual simulation that he wasn’t sure if it was real.

“I heard the alarm, but it sounded very far away,” he said.

Dozens of employees were waiting in front of the city’s environmental officer’s office. Some looked visibly shocked.

Power went out in parts of the city, including traffic lights, disrupting the capital’s already notorious traffic. Strong earthquake shakes Mexico |

Laura Coffey

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