Mexico was hit by a strong earthquake, 1 person died

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

The quake struck shortly after 1 a.m. early Thursday, just three days after a 7.6-magnitude earthquake rocked western and central Mexico, killing two.

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 epicenter of the earthquake was located about 46 kilometers south-southwest of Aguililla, Michoacán, at a depth of about 24.1 kilometers.

The Michoacan state government said the quake was felt throughout the state, but did not immediately report any damage.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Twitter that it was an aftershock from Monday’s earthquake, which was also felt in the states of Colima, Jalisco and Guerrero. The president said that there were no immediate reports of damage.

A resident walks on a street surrounded by debris from the previous day’s earthquake in Coalcoman, Michoacán, Mexico, on Tuesday. (Armando Solis/The Associated Press)

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said on Twitter that there were no immediate reports of damage in the capital. Residents thronged the streets as seismic alarms sounded.

The earthquake shook the already nervous country. Monday’s more powerful earthquake was the third major earthquake to hit on September 19 – in 1985, 2017 and now 2022. The 2017 and 2022 earthquakes occurred very soon after the annual earthquake drill, held every September 19 to commemorate the devastating 1985 earthquake that killed about 9,500 people.