7.6 magnitude earthquake in Mexico; Tsunami alert on the west coast
7.6 magnitude earthquake in Mexico: one killed in wall collapse, tsunami alert on the west coast
The tremors of the earthquake were felt near the west coast of Mexico at 1 pm (11:30 Indian time) on Monday. Its intensity was recorded at 7.6 on the Richter scale. The wall of a store collapsed in the city of Manzanillo in Colima state, killing one person. Several buildings have also been damaged.
Here, a tsunami alert has been issued on the west coast. Mild tremors were also felt in the capital Mexico City, 500 km from here. No casualties have been reported in the capital. According to seismologists, the epicentre of the quake was 59 km south of Colcomán in Michoacan state, 15 km from the ground near the Pacific coast.
This earthquake occurred when people were celebrating the anniversary of two major earthquakes in 1985 and 2017. On September 19, 1985, a magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck Mexico City, killing more than 10,000 people and damaging hundreds of buildings. In 2017, an earthquake of 7.1 magnitudes occurred on the same day. About 370 people were killed in this.
According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, waves up to 3 meters high can hit Mexico. Early waves have already arrived in coastal cities such as Manzanillo and Acapulco. Tsunami waves of less than 0.3 meters are expected along the Pacific coasts of Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Peru.