Major Earthquake Hits Mexico's Pacific Coast

On the anniversary of two previous major earthquakes in Mexico, a magnitude 7.6 earthquake rocked parts of the nation’s Pacific Coast on Monday.

Reports say at least one person was killed and there were some early reports of damage to buildings from the quake, which hit at 11:05 a.m. PT.

The USGS earthquake center said the quake was centered 23 miles southeast of Aquila near the boundary of Colima and Michoacan states. That's about 260 miles southeast of Puerto Vallarta.

U.S. officials also warned of a possible tsunami of up to 3 meters in the Manzanillo region. Officials did not believe the U.S. coast faced any tsunami risk from Monday's earthquake.

Many Mexican states and municipalities had just completed earthquake preparation drills earlier in the afternoon when the quake struck.

On this day in 2017, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the Puebla region, killing over 300 people. On Sept. 19, 1985, thousands died when a magnitude 8 earth struck central Mexico.


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