A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck western Mexico early Thursday morning, leaving at least two dead and hundreds of thousands out of power.
The earthquake is the second to hit the Mexican state of Michoacán in three days. On Monday, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck the state’s coast, killing two people in Manzanillo and triggering a tsunami warning for the surrounding area.
The epicenter of Thursday’s quake was significantly further inland, near the town of Aguililla.
Landslides were reported in the state, and the city of Uruapan reported damage to buildings and highways.
Over 300 miles away in Mexico City, two people died as a result of the quake.
One woman fell down a flight of stairs, in her home in the city’s Doctores neighborhood immediately after buildings began to shake.
Another man in the Educación neighborhood suffered a fatal heart attack, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum confirmed.
‘From the Government of Mexico City we support the families and extend our solidarity,’ Sheinbaum stated.
About 312,533 customers lost power in Mexico City immediately after the quake, the Federal Electricity Commission reported.
Photos from the city show residents clustering together on darkened streets in the early morning hours as crews worked to repair the damaged power lines.
Power was restored to Mexico City by 9.30am, Mayor Sheinbaum said on Twitter.
Monday’s earthquake came on the 37th anniversary of one of the deadliest in Mexico’s history. A magnitude 8.0 quake in 1985 off the coast of Michoacán killed approximately 9,500 people.
Mexico holds an annual earthquake drill every year on the anniversary of the September 19 quake. The 2022 quake is the second since 1985 to hit on the same date. Another magnitude 7.1 quake struck Puebla and Mexico City in 2017, killing 370 people.
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