Strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake hits Mexico, at least 2 dead

Two people were killed after a powerful earthquake struck western Mexico early Thursday morning (Image: AFP/Getty)

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck western Mexico early Thursday morning, leaving at least two dead and hundreds of thousands without power.

The earthquake is the second in three days in the Mexican state of Michoacán. On Monday, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck the state’s coast, killing two people in Manzanillo and triggering a tsunami alert for the area.

The epicenter of Thursday’s quake was farther inland, near the town of Aguililla.

A damaged building is seen in Colima after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake (Image: Getty Images)

Landslides were reported in the state, and the city of Uruapan reported damage to buildings and highways.

More than 300 miles away in Mexico City, two people died as a result of the quake.

A woman fell down a flight of stairs at her home in the Doctores neighborhood immediately after the buildings began to shake.

Another man in the Educación neighborhood suffered a fatal heart attack, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum confirmed.

Mexico City residents stand on a street after losing power in the earthquake (Image: AFP)

“From the Mexico City government, we support the families and express our solidarity,” Sheinbaum said.

About 312,533 customers lost power in Mexico City immediately after the quake, the Federal Electricity Commission reported.

Photos from around the city show residents huddled on dark streets in the early hours as crews work to repair damaged power lines.

Over 300,000 people lost electricity in Mexico City (Image: AP)

Power was restored to Mexico City at 9:30 a.m., Mayor Sheinbaum said Twitter.

Monday’s earthquake came on the 37th anniversary of one of the deadliest in Mexico’s history. A magnitude 8.0 earthquake off the coast of Michoacán in 1985 killed about 9,500 people.

Mexico holds an earthquake drill every year on the anniversary of the September 19 quake. The 2022 quake is the second since 1985 to occur on the same day. Another 7.1 magnitude quake struck Puebla and Mexico City in 2017, killing 370 people.

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