An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 7.4 shook central Mexico just on the day of the anniversaries of the earthquakes of September 19, 1985 and 2017, considered the two most destructive in recent history.
The earthquake occurred at 1:05 p.m. (6:05 p.m. GMT) with an epicenter located 63 kilometers south of Coalcoman in the state of Michoacán, western Mexico, according to preliminary information from the National Seismological Service (SSN) of Mexico.
At first, the SSN had registered the magnitude at 6.8, to review it shortly after. “We are going to start collecting information, we wish with all our hearts that nothing serious has happened,” said the president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador , in a first message from the National Palace.
The phenomenon occurred less than an hour after the national macro drill organized at 12:19 p.m. (5:19 p.m. GMT) to commemorate the earthquakes of September 19, 1985 and 2017. “Emergency protocols were activated due to the earthquake recorded this afternoon in Michoacán. Protection Civil de Michoacán remains alert,” the government of that state, where the epicenter was located, wrote on Twitter.
While the head of the Government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, reported 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”.
US issues tsunami warning
The United States tsunami warning system issued an alert on Monday after the 7.6-magnitude earthquake that shook central Mexico today, near the coast of Michoacán.
That institution specified on its website that the earthquake occurred at a depth of 9.6 kilometers. The tsunami warning centers depend on an observation system that includes seismic and sea level networks to determine when and where to issue a warning message. alert, according to the national meteorological organization on its website.