Mexico earthquake today live updates: Tsunami warning revised as death toll from 7.6 magnitude quake rises to two

7.5 magnitude earthquake hits Mexico’s pacific coast

At least two people were killed by a major earthquake off the coast of Michoacán state in Mexico.

The earthquake, measured at a magnitude of 7.6, stuck on exactly the same day that two previous earthquakes caused enormous damage and killed hundreds or thousands of people in 1985 and 2017.

One of the victims died on Monday after being crushed by the facade of a department store in the Pacific port of Manzanillo, while another was found dead at a mall.

The tremor passed without that level of tragedy, despite heightened nerves from a nationwide annual earthquake drill that occurred less than an hour before.

The tsunami alert, which was issued immediately after the quake, was revised later in the day.

Authorities said the tsunami threat has “largely passed”, with minor sea fluctuations of up to 0.3 metres above and below the normal tide to continue for the next few hours.

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After quake, Mexico city warned of Popocatépetl volcano ashfall

Authorities in Mexico City on Monday warned of ash fall from the Popocatépetl volcano, which erupted twice on 9 September.

According to reports, people have been advised to not engage in outdoor activities and keep pets inside the house.

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ICYMI: Videos show shaking and destruction in western Mexico

Videos on social media showed Monday’s earthquake rocking trucks back and forth, shaking hotel rooms, and scattering ceiling tiles across the floor in office buildings, my colleague Graig Graziosi reports.

Read his full story to get a sense of how the quake affected everyday Mexicans.

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Twenty hospitals damaged in Michoacán

At least 20 hospitals in the state of Michoacán have suffered structural damage from the earthquake, local authorities say.

According to Mexico AS, the state health ministry reported that medical facilities in Uruapan, Apatzingán, Pátzcuaro, and many other towns had been hit by the tremor, along with churches and a technical college in Coalcomán.

A video posted on Twitter showed products strewn across the floor in aisle after aisle of a Michoacán supermarket. Neighbouring Jalisco state also reported damage to religious buildings.

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Death toll rises to two

Two people were killed in the Pacific port of Manzanillo in the aftermath of the powerful earthquake that jolted Mexico yesterday, authorities said.

One of the victims died after being crushed by the facade of a department store while another was found dead at a mall.

Videos on social media showed the roof of the mall collapsed into the top floor, a gym, as people yelled for help.

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Church in Michoacán damaged in powerful quake

The church of San Miguel Arcángel in Michoacán was damaged after a powerful earthquake struck Mexico on Monday.

A video captured by locals showed debris falling out of a hole from the church building that was caused by the jolt. Cracks were also spotted on one of the bell towers of the church.

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Another eerie coincidence

This earthquake happened less than an hour after Mexico’s annual nationwide earthquake drill, which was introduced in 1985 after the devastating quake in Mexico City.

Across the country, about 14,000 loudspeakers issued a fake warning in order to test people’s responses, with millions of civilians evacuating their homes, schools, and workplaces.

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Earthquake affects power supply to 1.2 million users

Nearly 1.2 million users were left without electricity after the powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Monday.

According to the federal electricity commission, until 3.30pm local time the reinstallation of power supply was achieved for 68 per cent of the affected users.

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Video shows hotel room ceiling fan shaking during earthquake

A video shared on Twitter showed a ceiling fan violently shaking in a hotel room in Puerto Vallarta when the 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Michoacán state in Mexico.

According to local reports, several hotels in the resort town suffered damage, with cracks emerging on ceilings and windows.

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Tsunami threat has ‘passed’, say authorities

The tsunami warning which was issued immediately after the earthquake off the coast of Michoacán state has been revised.

According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, the tsunami threat has “largely passed”.

Earlier, waves reaching up to 3 metres were earlier predicted to hit Mexico and along the coast of Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador and Guatemala among other countries, but recent readings have shown a relative decrease in wave heights.

“Minor sea level fluctuations of up to 0.3 metres above and below the normal tide may continue over the next few hours,” it said.

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Nothing special about 19 September, say experts

The fact that three different earthquakes have all hit Mexico on 19 September is nothing more than random chance, according seismologists.

“This is a coincidence,” Paul Earle of the US Geological Survey (USGS) told The Associated Press. “There’s no physical reason or statistical bias toward earthquakes in any given month in Mexico…

“We knew we’d get this question as soon as it happened. Sometimes there are just coincidences.”

José Luis Mateos, a physicist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), told AS Mexico that the probability of three quakes happening on the same day in the same nation is 1 in 133,225.

On a global scale, the USGS says there is no particular season for earthquakes and no such thing as “earthquake weather”, although one study did find an association between earthquakes and monsoon season in Taiwan specifically.

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