The strong earthquake that shook southwestern Mexico on the eve it has left two dead, a dozen injured and more than 200 homes affected, reported this Tuesday the National Civil Protection Coordinator, Laura Velazquez. Several areas of the country, including the capital, were hit by a magnitude 7.6 tremor, according to data from the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
A man and a woman died after a roof and a wall fell on them, respectively, in the state Colimaone of the two most affected together with Michoacan. The strong tremor occurs on the anniversary of two other devastating earthquakes, in 1985 and 2017.
Due to the intensity, buildings and houses swayed in Mexico City and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a tsunami alert for the Mexican Pacific coast and other countries in Central and South America.
On September 19, 2017, a 7.1 earthquake struck the center of the country minutes after a national drill. Many people did not evacuate thinking that it was another drill and the powerful earthquake left some 370 dead. The drills are usually held on September 19 after that date, but in 1985, a powerful earthquake hit the capital, leaving tens of thousands dead, Reuters reported.
So far, it is the deadliest earthquake in the country’s history. Images posted on social media showed badly damaged buildings. Mexican authorities said the seismic alert had sounded nearly two minutes before the quake struck, giving residents time to evacuate.