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Monday's earthquake coincided in date with those of 1985 and 2017. The one 37 years ago left some 20,000 dead. Pixabay
Monday's earthquake coincided in date with those of 1985 and 2017. The one 37 years ago left some 20,000 dead. Pixabay

168 aftershocks of the earthquake in Mexico

The seismic movement of 7.4 on the Richter scale was centered in Coalcomán, Michoacán, where only material damage was reported.

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The earthquake occurred at 13:05 local time, according to the National Seismological Service. Precisely, a few minutes after a national drill was carried out. The strongest aftershock was 5.3.

Claudia Sheinbaum, Mexico City's head of government, confirmed that there were no major damages in the capital, according to El Universal. "We inform that so far no serious affectations are reported in the City, we immediately established communication with the President of the Republic to inform him about the City. I want to inform that 99.1% of the seismic alerts worked correctly both in the drill and at the moment of the earthquake, there were very few that did not work," said the official.

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On the other hand, the newspaper La Jornada reported that Octavio Ramos, from the National Tide Gauge Service, warned of a tsunami in Zihuatanejo and Acapulco. Authorities remain attentive to this phenomenon, which can be registered up to 12 hours after the earthquake.

Likewise, Luis Quintanar, from UNAM's Institute of Geophysics, revealed that the earthquake occurred very close to the epicenter of the earthquake of September 19, 1985, exactly 37 years ago, which had a magnitude of 8.1 and left nearly 20,000 dead, most of them in Mexico City. On the same date, but in 2017, another earthquake also occurred.

In a commentary in El Universal, its editor referred to the coincidences: "It seems more like a macabre joke than a coincidence. First it was in 1985, then in 2017 and now in 2022, three earthquakes have hit Mexico on September 19, all three fell on the same calendar day, as if lightning struck the same place not once, not twice, but three times. The two previous ones were blows to the country whose wounds in many cases have not yet healed. Mexicans know that earthquakes are serious, if not painful and traumatic".

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