One killed after 6.8 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

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A woman was killed in a central neighborhood of Mexico City after she fell from the stairs of her home during the aftershocks.

A powerful earthquake with an initial magnitude of 6.8 struck Mexico, shaking buildings and killing at least one person in the nation’s capital.

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The quake struck shortly after 1 a.m. (06:00 GMT) on Thursday, three days after a 7.6-magnitude earthquake killed two people in western and central Mexico.

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said a woman died in a central neighborhood after she fell from the stairs of her home. Residents gathered on the streets as the seismic alarm sounded.


The US Geological Survey said Thursday’s quake, like Monday, was centered in the western state of Michoacan near the Pacific coast. The epicenter of the quake was 46 km (29 mi) southwest of Aguilla, Michoacán, at a depth of 24 km (15 mi).

The state government of Michoacan said the quake was felt across the state. It reported damage to a building in the city of Urupán and a landslide on the highway connecting Michoacán and Guerrero to the coast.

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President Andres Manuel López Obrador said via Twitter that Monday’s quake was an aftershock and was also felt in the states of Colima, Jalisco and Guerrero.

The earthquake shook the already troubled country. The devastating 1985 earthquake killed about 9,500 people in Mexico.

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