7.4 magnitude earthquake hits Mexico

Magnitude 7.4 earthquake hits Mexico


MEXICO CITY | A strong 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck western Mexico on Monday and was felt as far as central Mexico City, the same day as the devastating earthquakes of 1985 and 2017, the national seismological institute said. /strong> 

“We sincerely hope that nothing serious has happened,” President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador tweeted.

The epicenter was located in the state of Michoacan.

“So far, no damage is reported,” said on Twitter the mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum.

In the capital, residents took to the streets again when the alarm sounded, barely half an hour after an anti-seismic drill.

< p>“We didn't think it was true! But if. It is impressive that today, once again, the earth is shaking so strongly,” Karina Suarez, 37, told AFP in the center of the capital.

An anti-seismic exercise is organized each year in Mexico City by the authorities on the occasion of the double anniversary of the two major earthquakes of September 19, 1985 and 2017.

< p>On September 19, 2017, an earthquake of magnitude 7.1 killed 369 people.

On September 19, 1985, an earthquake of magnitude 8.1 devastated central Mexico City, causing the death of more than 10,000 people, most of them in the capital.