Magnitude 7.6 earthquake strikes near Mexico’s pacific coastline

Map: U.S. Geological Survey

Sept. 19 (UPI) — A strong earthquake shook Mexico’s central Pacific coast on Monday, on the same day that an earthquake drill was held in Mexico City.

A magnitude 7.6 earthquake hit at 1:05 p.m. local time, according to the U.S. Geologic Survey. The quake was centered 23 miles southeast of Aquila.

A mandatory evacuation order was issued in Mexico City and the US Tsunami Warning System said there was risk of a tsunami near the coast of Michoacan. There were no reports of immediate damage.

Monday’s earthquake occurred on the five year anniversary of a 7.1 earthquake that killed more than 200 people in Central Mexico.

That quake took place 32 years to the day after a 8.1 massive quake devastated the country, claiming thousands of lives.

An earthquake drill in Mexico City was scheduled for 12:19 p.m. on Monday to honor the anniversary of the 2017 disaster.


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