7.6 earthquake hits Mexico’s central Pacific coast, killing at least one person | Pro IQRA News

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Mexico City, Mexico- The 7.6 magnitude quake hit Mexico’s central Pacific coast on Monday and killed at least one person.

According to the United States (US) Geological Survey, the quake was centered 37 kilometers (23 miles) southeast of Aquila near the Colima and Michoacan States border and at a depth of 15.1 kilometers (9.4 miles).

In Coalcomán, Michoacan, near the epicenter, buildings were damaged, including a hospital, but there were no reports of injuries.

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said there were no reports of damage in the capital, but power was out in parts of the City.

Irlanda Villa, from the Coahuayana coast of Michoacan near the border with Colima, said some of the walls had collapsed, but her biggest fear was that a tsunami would follow: “We were afraid the sea would go out, but in the end everything was fine.”

Mexico’s National Civil Defense Agency said that based on historical tsunami data in Mexico, a variation of 32 inches (82 cm) may have occurred in coastal water levels near the epicenter.

In addition, the US Tsunami Warning Center said dangerous tsunami waves were possible on beaches within 300 kilometers (186 miles) of the epicenter.

In 1985, a magnitude 8.0 earthquake centered near the coast of Guerrero State killed at least 9,500 people and more than 360 died in a magnitude 7.1 earthquake that struck in 2017.

Meanwhile, in the Dominican Republic, more than a million people were left without access to water after Hurricane Fiona hit the country on Monday morning.

This is after a hurricane wreaked havoc on Puerto Rico on Sunday and into Monday, putting the island out of power and bringing devastation not seen on the island since Hurricane Maria in 2017.

Heavy rains also continued to drench the eastern Dominican Republic on Monday evening and life-threatening flooding is expected to continue through Tuesday.

President Luis Abinader has since declared three eastern provinces as disaster zones, La Altagracia, El Seibo and Mayor Hato.

Footage from local media showed residents of the east coast town of Higuey submerged in waist-deep water, trying to salvage personal belongings.

With 18 of the island’s 32 provinces on red alert, nearly 800 people are sheltering in safe areas, according to emergency services.

According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), Hurricane Fiona is packing maximum sustained winds of 155 kilometers per hour, (100 miles per hour).


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