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A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck western Mexico on Thursday morning, killing at least one person and damaging several unidentified buildings.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) initially said the quake hit the Michoacán region of southwest Mexico. However, Mexico City was also affected, more than 100 miles away from where the death was reported.


Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum confirmed the death on Twitter on Thursday morning.

Politician told that one person died after falling in the capital’s Colonia Doctors locality, The victim allegedly hit him on the head while falling from the stairs of his house.

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Terrified residents in Mexico City’s Roma Sur area ran out of their buildings in pajamas and blankets as soon as the quake alarm sounded.

The US Tsunami Warning System did not issue a tsunami warning, which means that the tremor is not expected to cause a tsunami.

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Thursday’s quake follows a more powerful 7.6 magnitude quake that struck Mexico City on September 19 – a day that many Mexicans consider unlucky.

Mexico has experienced three major earthquakes on 19 September 1985, 2017 and 2022. The coincidence is reportedly a source of concern for many, as the 2017 earthquake killed more than 200 people.

People are seen in the Tlatelolco neighborhood after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake in Mexico City on September 22, 2022.

According to the modified Mercalli intensity scale – a scale that measures the intensity of an earthquake – a 6 is considered “strong” and a 7 is considered “very strong”.

According to the United States Geological Survey, both magnitudes make it difficult to stand and have the potential to collapse plaster and break chimneys.

People gather outside after an earthquake was felt in Mexico City, Thursday, September 22, 2022.  The earthquake struck early Thursday, just three days after a deadly earthquake struck western and central Mexico.

The amount of damage depends on how well the structures are built. It is not known how many buildings have been damaged at this time.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.