The State Civil Protection Council of Michoacán unanimously approved a request to activate an emergency declaration in the entity, after the 7.7 magnitude earthquake that shook the national territory on Monday afternoon.
The decision was made during the second extraordinary session of the Council, hours after the powerful earthquake whose epicenter was located in the Michoacán municipality of Coacolmán, on the Mexican west coast.
The session was chaired by the Governor of Michoacán, Alfredo Ramírez Bedolla, who reported, in broad strokes, the state of the entity under his charge in terms of damage to hospital, educational and housing infrastructure due to the earthquake.
He said that, although the most significant damage occurred in the vicinity of the epicenter, “life is calm.”
Ramírez explained that the most affected municipalities were Chinicuila, Coahuayana, Aquila and Coalcomán itself.
The state authority also reported that the proposal for a “declaration of emergency and/or natural disaster” will be sent to the National Civil Protection Coordination in Mexico for its respective processing.
The declaration can be issued by the Ministry of the Interior and would recognize the imminence in the state of “an abnormal situation generated by a disturbing natural phenomenon, which can lead to an excessive risk to security and integrity.”
When said measure is issued, the Mexican Civil Protection Coordination is allowed to manage and implement collaborative actions to mitigate the effects of said emergency, in this case the earthquake.
For their part, the Michoacán authorities reported that around the epicenter of the magnitude 7.7 earthquake, damage was reported in 3,161 homes and 121 hospitals and medical units.
The damage was in four Michoacán municipalities, mainly: Coalcomán, Chinicuila, Coahuayana and Aquila.
“In addition, there were landslides and cracks in land communication routes, among which those of the Siglo XXI highway, the Ticuiz and Coahuayana bridges, as well as the Coastal highway stand out”authorities detailed in a statement.
Likewise, the Ministry of Communications and Public Works (SCOP) of Michoacán reported 89 damaged educational establishments, at the basic, upper secondary and higher education levels.
Among the buildings affected are the Higher Technological Institute of Coalcomán and Apatzingán, the Polytechnic University of Uruapan and Zamora, the Regional School of Normal Preschool Education of Arteaga, the Normal School of Educators, the Conalep of Apatzingán and the College of Bachelors of Coalcomán.
Likewise, it disclosed breakdowns in religious sites, mainly in Nuevo San Juan Parangaricutiro, Tingüindín and Cotija, among others.
Meanwhile, it did not report any damage to the entity’s dams on the west coast of the Mexican Pacific.
The death toll from the 7.7-magnitude earthquake that shook Mexican territory on Monday rose to two on Tuesday and the number of injured rose to 10, according to Laura Velázquez, national coordinator of Civil Protection.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador highlighted the minor damage and the coincidence with the earthquakes of the same date in 1985, when there were nearly 20,000 deaths, and 2017, when there were 370 deaths.
With information from EFE.