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2022 Michoacan earthquake

A magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck Mexico on the exact anniversary of 2 devastating earthquakes in 1985 and 2017. The earthquake struck shortly after 13:00 (18:00 GMT) near the Michoacan border with Colima state.

The earthquake was relatively shallow, only 15 km deep, which could have increased its impact. A tsunami warning was issued for coastal areas, saying waves reaching heights of 1 to 3 meters above high tide were possible.

There were no immediate reports of major damage in Mexico City after the quake, which struck Mexico on the same day as devastating earthquakes that previously hit the capital city of Mexico in 1985 and then in 2017.

The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) said there was no scientific explanation for the three major earthquakes (1985, 2017, and 2022) that occurred on the same day and attributed it to pure coincidence.

The seismic alarm sounded almost 2 minutes prior to the earthquake, allowing residents to evacuate.

Occasionally, the earthquake on September 19, occurred on the same day when Mexico commemorated the devastating 1985 and 2017 earthquakes which killed about 9,500 and 350 people in Mexico City, respectively.

Michoacan earthquake aftershock

A new and powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 occurred in Mexico early morning of September 22. The quake comes just three days after a magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck western and central Mexico.

The earthquake, like Monday’s, occurred in the western state of Michoacan near the Pacific coast. The epicenter was located about 46 km south-southwest of Aguilla, in the Michoacan state, at a depth of about 24 km.

The earthquake was felt throughout the state. Damage to a building was reported in the city of Uruapan and several landslides were reported on the highway connecting Michoacán and Guerrero to the coast.

This aftershock from Monday’s earthquake was felt in Colima, Jalisco, and Guerrero.

Seismic activity in Mexico

Due to its location in a seismic zone, Mexico is considered one of the most seismically active countries in the world. Read more about how often earthquakes occur in Mexico and what to do during a seismic alert.

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