6.8-magnitude earthquake kills one in Mexico | Earthquake news

A woman died in central Mexico City after falling down the stairs of her home during the tremors.

Mexico has been hit by a powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8, causing buildings to sway and at least one person to die in the country’s capital.

The quake struck shortly after 1 a.m. (06:00 GMT) early Thursday, just three days after a 7.6-magnitude earthquake rocked western and central Mexico, killing two people.

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said a woman died downtown when she fell down the stairs of her home. Residents crowded the streets as seismic alarms sounded.

The U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday’s earthquake, like Monday’s, was centered in the western part of the state of Michoacán, off the Pacific coast. The earthquake’s epicenter was 46 km (29 mi) southwest of Aguililla, Michoacán, at a depth of 24 km (15 mi).

The Michoacan state government said the earthquake was felt across the state. It reported damage to a building in the town of Uruapan and landslides on the highway that connects Michoacan and Guerrero to the coast.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Twitter that it was an aftershock from Monday’s tremor, which was also felt in the states of Colima, Jalisco and Guerrero.

Earthquakes have shaken the already nervous country. A devastating earthquake in 1985 killed about 9,500 people in Mexico.