MEXICO CITY — A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 hit Mexico early Thursday, causing buildings to sway and leaving at least one person dead in the country’s capital.
The quake struck just after 1 a.m., just three days after a 7.6-magnitude quake rattled western and central Mexico, killing two people.
The US Geological Survey said Thursday’s quake, like Monday’s, was centered in the western state of Michoacan, near the Pacific coast. The epicenter was located about 29 miles (46 kilometers) south-southwest of Aguililla, Michoacán, at a depth of about 15 miles (24.1 kilometers).
The Michoacán state government said the quake was felt throughout the state. It reported damage to a building in the city of Uruapan and some landslides on the highway that connects Michoacán and Guerrero with the coast.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Twitter that it was a replica of Monday’s earthquake and that it was also felt in the states of Colima, Jalisco and Guerrero.
The mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, said through Twitter that a woman died in a downtown neighborhood when she fell down the stairs of her house. Residents crowded the streets as seismic alarms sounded.
The earthquake shook an already nervous country. The most powerful earthquake on Monday was the third major earthquake that occurred on September 19, in 1985, 2017 and now in 2022. The earthquakes of September 19, 2017 and 2022 occurred shortly after the annual earthquake drill that takes place every September 19 to commemorate the devastating earthquake of 1985. earthquake that killed about 9,500 people.