Powerful magnitude 7.6 earthquake shakes Mexico, hours after nationwide public drill

Powerful magnitude 7.6 earthquake shakes Mexico, hours after nationwide public drill

Published September 19, 2022
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Magnitude 7.6 earthquake strikes off coast of Mexico

A magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck off the western coast of Mexico on Monday afternoon.

The U.S. Geological Survey said it initially registered the strong earthquake about 25 miles southeast of La Placita de Morelos, Mexico, hitting just after 1 p.m. Central Time.

A 7.6 earthquake knocked out power on the Mexican coast Monday afternoon. This video shows what it looked like in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. (video credit: @tirian/Twitter)

The earthquake was said to be felt as far inland as Mexico City.

Officials said a tsunami is not expected in California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii or Alaska. 

However, tsunami waves up to 10 feet above the tide level are possible along some coasts of Mexico, while minor tidal shifts up to a foot are possible along the Pacific Ocean shores. 

Damage after a 7.6 quake hit Mexico on Sept. 19, 2022. (@tirian / Twitter)

Residents stand in the street after a powerful earthquake shakes western Mexico. (@tirian/Twitter)

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Patients at an Apatzingán dental office, located just over 100 miles from the earthquake’s epicenter, watched as the room violently shook. 

A look inside a dentist office in Apatzingán, Mexico as a 7.6 magnitude earthquake strikes off the western coast of Mexico on Monday afternoon. (Video: @paoutz_/Twitter)

Mexico City had planned an earthquake drill Monday afternoon to mark the anniversary of two deadly earthquakes, according to local reports. In 1985, a magnitude 8.0 earthquake killed at least 9,500 people, and in 2017, more than 260 people died from a magnitude 7.1 earthquake.

“It feels curious when (earthquakes) strike on the same calendar date in different years, but coincidences are just that – coincidences,” the USGS said. 

A powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake was reported south of Aquila, Mexico, on Monday afternoon.

Not far from where the earthquake originated is Tropical Storm Madeline in the eastern Pacific. The tropical storm’s outer rain bands were forecast to produce several inches of rain off the Jalisco coast into Monday afternoon. 

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