A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hits Mexico, killing at least 1 person

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On Thursday morning, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck western Mexico, killing at least one person and damaging an unknown number of buildings.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) initially reported that the earthquake hit the Michoacán region in southwestern Mexico. However, Mexico City was also hit over 100 miles away, where death was reported.

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum confirmed the death on Twitter early Thursday morning.

The politician said one person died of a fall in the Colonia Doctores neighborhood of the capital. The victim allegedly hit his head as he fell down the stairs of his home.

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Residents find themselves on a street after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Mexico City on September 22, 2022.

Residents find themselves on a street after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Mexico City on September 22, 2022.
(PEDRO PARDO / AFP via Getty Images)

The frightened residents in Mexico City’s Roma Sur neighborhood reportedly fled their buildings in pajamas and blankets as the earthquake alarm sounded.

The US Tsunami Warning System has not issued a tsunami warning, which means that the tremors are not expected to cause a tsunami.

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Thursday’s earthquake follows a more powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake that hit Mexico City on September 19, a day many Mexicans consider unfortunate.

Mexico suffered three major earthquakes on September 19, 1985, 2017, and 2022. The coincidence is reportedly a source of anxiety for many, as the 2017 earthquake claimed the lives of more than 200 people.

People are seen in the neighborhood of Tlatelolco after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Mexico City on September 22, 2022.

People are seen in the neighborhood of Tlatelolco after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Mexico City on September 22, 2022.

According to the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale – a scale that measures the intensity of earthquakes – a 6 is considered “strong” and a 7 is “very strong”.

Both magnitudes make it difficult to stand and have the potential to drop plaster and crack fireplaces, according to the United States Geological Survey.

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People gather outside after an earthquake was felt in Mexico City on Thursday, September 22, 2022. The earthquake struck early Thursday, just three days after a deadly earthquake rocked western and central Mexico.

People gather outside after an earthquake was felt in Mexico City on Thursday, September 22, 2022. The earthquake struck early Thursday, just three days after a deadly earthquake rocked western and central Mexico.
(Photo AP / Eduardo Verdugo)

The amount of damage depends on how well the structures are made. There is no information on how many buildings have been damaged at this time.

Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.