Monday, October 3

An earthquake of magnitude 7.4 shakes central Mexico

An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 7.4 has shaken central Mexico on Monday. The earthquake occurred at 1:05 p.m. (6:05 p.m. GMT) with an epicenter located 63 kilometers south of Coalcoman, in the state of Michoacán, western Mexico, according to preliminary information from the National Seismological Service (SSN) of Mexico.

The telluric movement coincides with the anniversaries of the earthquakes of September 19, 1985 and 2017, considered the two most destructive in recent history.

“I spoke with the governor of Michoacán, Alfredo Ramírez Bedolla, and there is only a report of material damage in Coalcomán, where the epicenter was, and in nearby areas,” reported the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, through social networks. .

Previously, he indicated in a first message from the National Palace that they would begin to collect information. “We wish with all our hearts that nothing serious has happened,” she said.

The phenomenon occurred less than an hour after the national macro drill organized at 12:19 p.m. (5:19 p.m. GMT) to commemorate the earthquakes of September 19, 1985 and 2017.

“The emergency protocols were activated due to the earthquake registered this afternoon in Michoacán. Civil Protection of Michoacán remains alert ”, the Government of that state has written on Twitter.

While the head of the Government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, has indicated that “so far no damage has been reported in the City”, where “five condors from the Secretariat of Citizen Security of Mexico City continue to fly over”.

“Perceivable earthquake. Seismic alarms sounded. Condors flying over. We meet at C5. So far no damage has been reported. More information in a few minutes. The earthquake continues, keep calm”, the president of the capital expressed on Twitter.

Other entities in the south and Pacific of Mexico, such as Colima and Jalisco, have also reported that the earthquake was perceptible.

Just hours before, President López Obrador led a ceremony to remember the victims of the tremors of September 19, 1985 and 2017.

On September 19, 1985, the earthquake occurred at 7:19 local time (12:19 GMT) with a magnitude of 8.1 and with its epicenter in the state of Guerrero, in the south of the country, and left more than 20,000 dead, most of them in the Mexican capital.

On the same date, 32 years later, on September 19, 2017, an earthquake of magnitude 7.1 and with an epicenter between Puebla and Morelos (center of the country) left nearly 370 dead, 228 of them in Mexico City.

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