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At least one person died and residents reported damage to buildings after a major earthquake struck Mexico on Monday. Photo by Jose Mendez/EPA-EFE

At least one person died and residents reported damage to buildings after a major earthquake struck Mexico on Monday. Photo by Jose Mendez/EPA-EFE

Sept. 19 (UPI) — At least one person is dead after a strong earthquake shook Mexico’s central Pacific coast Monday, as the nation observed the anniversaries of two previous quakes.

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.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Twitter that Admiral Jose Rafael Ojeda Duran, Secretary of the Navy, had informed him that a person died after a wall collapsed at a mall in the city of Manzanillo.

A mandatory evacuation order was issued in Mexico City and the U.S. Tsunami Warning System said there was risk of a tsunami near the coast of Michoacan.

Local residents said that buildings — including a hospital — were damaged near the epicenter in Coalcoman, Michoacan, but no injuries were immediately reported, according to The New York Times.

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum tweeted that there were no reports of damage in the capital but said some parts of the city lost power following the quake.

Monday’s earthquake occurred on the five year anniversary of a 7.1 earthquake that killed more than 200 people in Central Mexico and just an hour after an earthquake drill in Mexico City was held at 12:19 p.m. on Monday to honor the anniversary of the 2017 disaster.

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





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