A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake has hit Mexico, killing at least two, damaging buildings and causing landslides.
The quake struck at 1:19 a.m. Thursday near the epicenter of a 7.6 magnitude earthquake that struck the western state of Michoacán three days earlier. It was also charged with two deaths.
The US Geological Survey said Thursday’s quake was centered 50 km southwest of Aguililla, Michoacán, at a depth of 24.1 km.
The Michoacán government said the quake was felt across the state. It reported damage to a building in the city of Uruapan and some landslides on highways.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Twitter that Thursday’s quake was an aftershock of Monday’s quake and was also felt in the states of Colima, Jalisco and Guerrero.
Mexico City mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said on Twitter that two people were killed: a woman who fell down the stairs of her house and a man who suffered a heart attack. Residents huddled in the streets as seismic alarms sounded.
The earthquake shook an already nervous country. Monday’s more powerful quake was the third major earthquake to hit on September 19 – in 1985, 2017 and now 2022. The September 19, 2017 and 2022 quakes came very shortly after the annual earthquake drill held every September 19 to mitigate the devastating quake of 1985 to commemorate the lives of approximately 9,500 people.