7.7° earthquake in Mexico: two dead and more than 3,000 damaged properties – News

At least two dead and more of 3,000 buildings damaged left the earthquake magnitude 7.7° that shook Mexico on Monday, when the earthquakes that occurred on the same day in September 1985 and 2017 that left thousands of fatalities were commemorated, authorities reported Tuesday.

“A woman died in Manzanillo, in the state of Colima (west), as she was severely injured” by a wall that collapsed, said Laura Velázquez, head of federal Civil Protection, the agency reported. AFP.

In that town, a man also lost his life due to the fall of a roof on a commercial promenade, Velázquez added in the daily conference of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Another nine people were injured in Colima, while 26 received hospital care in Coahuayana, a municipality in the neighboring state of Michoacán, where the earthquake registered at 1:05 p.m. local time had its epicenter.

“We were lucky, because it was a tremor of considerable intensity. The loss of human lives is unfortunate, but it did not happen to majors,” said López Obrador.

In Michoacán, damage was also reported in 3,161 houses, 89 educational establishments, 21 health centers and three churches in various locations, as well as minor damage to road points, for which the Government announced an emergency declaration to release resources.

In Colima, there was damage to more than 150 homes and other facilities.

According to the authorities, until this Tuesday almost 700 aftershocks of the earthquake had been registered, the strongest of 5.8 ° of magnitude in the early morning.

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One of the tremors caused evacuations in Jalisco (west) on Tuesday afternoon.

The main movement occurred less than an hour after millions of people participated in an earthquake drill, as it has been held every September 19 for 21 years.

On the same date in 1985, an 8.1° earthquake shook Mexico, leaving large areas of the capital in ruins. According to data from the Civil Registry, 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 a “coincidence.”

Most of these phenomena in Mexico originate in the Pacific, which has allowed the development of a seismic alert system in the center of the country.

With a thunderous sound, this alarm travels faster than seismic waves and warns of a major earthquake one minute on average before it occurs, allowing you to evacuate homes or find a safe area.

What did AMLO say? “We are going to start collecting information. We sincerely hope that nothing serious has happened,” said Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The same day. The powerful earthquake was recorded minutes after the drill that was carried out for a new anniversary of the catastrophic earthquakes of 1985 and 2017.

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Report by Barbara Anderson.

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