New Delhi: A powerful earthquake of 6.8 magnitude again struck Mexico at 1 am on Thursday. The epicentre was said to be 84 km south of Coalcoman, Michoacan. The National Seismological Service in a tweet said that this was an aftershock of the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that hit Mexico on Monday. Close to 1,229 aftershocks have been felt since then – the current one being the strongest.
Videos shared on social media show lamps and windows shaking vigorously for a long duration.
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According to an AP report, Michoacan’s state government said that the quake was felt throughout the state. It reported damage to a building in the city of Uruapan and some landslides on the highway that connects Michoacan and Guerrero with the coast.
Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said via Twitter that one woman died in a central neighbourhood when she fell down the stairs of her home. Residents were huddled in streets as seismic alarms blared.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took Twitter and said that it was an aftershock from Monday’s quake and was also felt in the states of Colima, Jalisco and Guerrero.
Mexico was rattled by a quake of magnitude 7.4 on Monday after which the US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for coastal areas, saying waves reaching 1 to 3 meters (3 to 9 feet) above the tide level were possible.
The earthquake killed at least two people and left many parts of the city damaged. Cracked roads and toppled buildings were seen the next day. Authorities also reported damage to several hospitals in the western state of Michoacan near the epicentre, which was in a sparsely populated part of Mexico.
The epicentre was located 59 kilometres (37 miles) south of Coalcoman in the state of Michoacan on the Pacific coast and several hundred kilometres west of Mexico City, according to Mexican seismologists.