A earthquake of magnitude of 7.7 on the Ritchter scale had its epicenter in Michaoacán on Monday, Mexico. The incident has so far left one person dead and some material damage, according to international media.
The telluric movement, which had preliminarily been given magnitudes of 6.8 and 7.4, took place on the same day as anniversaries of other strong tremors that occurred in Mexican territory in 2017 and 1985, considered among the most destructive. in the recent history of that country, reports the agency EFE.
A national drill was held on the day to commemorate these events, and shortly after the exercise ended (1:05 p.m. local time) the new earthquake occurred, whose epicenter was located 63 kilometers south of Coalcoman, in the state of Michoacán, in western Mexico, according to preliminary information from the National Seismological Service (SSN) of Mexico.
MAGNITUDE UPDATE: EARTHQUAKE Magnitude 7.7 Loc 63 km SOUTH of COALCOMAN, MICH 09/19/22 13:05:09 Lat 18.22 Lon -103.29 Pf 15 km pic.twitter.com/jgQMf0lo7V
– National Seismological (@SSNMexico) September 19, 2022
“We are going to start collecting information, we wish with all our hearts that nothing serious has happened,” said the president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO)in a first message from the National Palace.
Shortly after, the president confirmed from his Twitter account the death of a person due to the fall of a fence in the town of Colima.
Admiral José Rafael Ojeda Durán, Secretary of the Navy, informed me that a person died due to the fall of a fence in a shopping center in Manzanillo, Colima. pic.twitter.com/CmOsWjei0j
– Andrés Manuel (@lopezobrador_) September 19, 2022
«The emergency protocols were activated due to the earthquake registered this afternoon in Michoacán. Civil Protection of Michoacán remains alert,” wrote the Government of that state on the social network itself, while the head of the Government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, said 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,” the agency reports.
Hours before the event, AMLO had led a ceremony to remember the victims of the 1985 and 2017 earthquakes.
Other locations in the south and the Mexican Pacific, such as Colima and Jalisco, also reported that the earthquake was perceptible, while the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Tsunami Warning Center issued an alert warning about potentially dangerous waves in Mexico, reported the CNN in Spanish.
For his part, the governor of Oaxaca, Alejandro Murat, reported on his Twitter account that the civil protection protocols were activated in that state, and that no significant damage had been reported so far, according to information released by the television network based in the US city of Atlanta.
– Alejandro Murat (@alejandromurat) September 19, 2022
In the Mexican capital, nervous neighbors left their apartments or work centers, while they commented on the new coincidence and looked at their mobile phones to find out the information about the earthquake, reportedfor its part, the Spanish newspaper The country.
The capital authorities were doing a review of real estate in the Historic Center of Mexico City, where there are colonial buildings and other very old constructions, but no structural damage was recorded at the moment, the same media reports.
Meanwhile, the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) has only announced that, derived from the registered earthquake, a protocol was initiated to review possible effects on the country’s electrical installations, mainly in the capital and in Michoacán, but it has not yet been confirmed. had made a balance of the damage that the recent earthquake has left in that sector.
Until 4:00 p.m. (local time), they had reported 217 aftershocks of the earthquake, the largest of them of 5.3 magnitude, according to the National Seismological Service of Mexico.