VIDEO. Mexico and a strong earthquake with a fatal coincidence

A woman receives assistance after the violent earthquake in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY

A strong 7.6-magnitude earthquake shook several states in western and central Mexico yesterday, just after several regions of the country participated in a drill and on the same day that it shook strongly in 1985 and 2017.

A first official report hours after the earthquake reported at least one death due to the collapse of a structure, one injured and damage to buildings and some hospitals, although the authorities received numerous emergency calls due to nervous breakdowns, given the fatal coincidence of dates. for which there is no scientific justification, experts say.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake had an epicenter between the states of Michoacán and Colima, on the Mexican Pacific coast, at a depth of 15.1 km. “It started slowly and then it was very high, and it went on and on until it started to calm down,” said Carla Cárdenas, a 16-year-old teenager from Coalcomán, the town closest to the epicenter, who was staying at her family’s hotel. “The roof of the garage cracked and fell to the ground and there are cracks in the walls of the second floor,” she added in a telephone conversation.

The young woman said that some houses on her street have cracks in the walls and that some facades and part of the local hospital had collapsed, although according to the authorities there were no victims.

The National Coordination of Civil Protection asked the population to stay away from the beaches because “anomalous variations in sea level of up to 82 centimeters above the tide level in the region of earthquake generation” and “strong currents at the entrance of the ports”.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, after speaking with the governors of these two entities and with other civil and military authorities, indicated that the only death reported two hours after the earthquake was a person in the port of Manzanillo, in Colima.

According to Laura Velázquez, the national head of Civil Protection, the death was caused by the fall of a structure inside a shopping center.

The earthquake was felt in at least five states in the country, including the capital, where there were no serious damages but there were temporary electricity and telephone cuts and many nerves given the symbolic nature of the date.

On September 19, 1985, an 8.0 magnitude earthquake destroyed much of the capital and killed at least 9,500 people. That earthquake marked the country so much that the date was chosen to carry out drills and raise awareness among the population that day. But in 2017, also on September 19, the ground shook again. A 7.1 earthquake struck the capital and its surroundings, killing more than 360 people, most of them in Mexico City. (AP)

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