Sep 19, 2022 - World

Magnitude 7.6 quake strikes Mexico, killing at least one

Topos Azteca rescuers work outside of a building in Mexico City after the 7.6-magnitude quake on Sept. 19. Photo: Cristopher Rogel Blanquet/Getty Images

A magnitude 7.6 earthquake shook Mexico’s central Pacific coast on Monday, killing at least one person in the state of Colima and setting off a tsunami warning for the coast of Michoacán, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

Driving the news: At least one person died after a fence fell over at a shopping center in Colima, Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said in a tweet.

Details: The quake was centered 37 kilometers (23 miles) southeast of Aquila, Michoacán, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

  • Hazardous tsunami waves from the earthquake are possible within about 186 miles of the epicenter, along the coasts of Mexico, the warning center said.
  • The tsunami warning is local, not for Hawaii or Pacific-wide.
  • The earthquake had a depth of about 9.4 miles, per AP.

Of note: Monday's earthquake took place 37 years to the day that a powerful quake struck Mexico, killing thousands.

  • The quake occurred less than one hour after the city held its annual simulated earthquake drill to commemorate big quakes registered in 1985 and 2017, making it the third the country has experienced on Sept. 19.

Editor's note: This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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