Mexico earthquake: 7.6-magnitude quake strikes off coast in the state of Michoacan, USGS says

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.

There were at least some early reports of damage to buildings from the quake, which struck at 1:05 p.m. local time, according to the US Geological Survey, which originally estimated the magnitude at 7.5.

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.

Buildings were damaged in Coalcoman, Michoacan, near the epicenter of the quake, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

“It started out slow and then was very strong and went on and on until it subsided,” said 16-year-old Carla Cárdenas, a Coalcoman resident. Cárdenas ran out of her family’s hotel and waited with neighbors.

She said the hotel and some houses along the street showed cracks in the walls and parts of facades and roofs had broken off.

“In the hotel, the roof of the parking lot roared and fell to the ground, and there are cracks in the walls on the second floor,” Cárdenas said.

She said the city’s hospital was badly damaged, but so far she has not heard of anyone injured.

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 tweeted 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.

“It’s a coincidence” that this is the third September 19 earthquake, said seismologist Paul Earle of the US Geological Survey. “There is no physical reason or statistical bias against earthquakes in any given month in Mexico.”

There is also no season or month for major earthquakes anywhere in the world, Earle said. But there is something predictable: people sometimes seek and find coincidences that look like patterns.

“We knew we were going to get that question right away,” Earle said. “Sometimes there are just coincidences.”

The quake was not related to or caused by the drill about an hour ago, nor was it linked to a destructive quake in Taiwan the previous day, Earle said.

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.

Stay tuned to ABC for the latest details on this developing story.

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