Mexico earthquake: Tsunami alert for Colima, Michoacán after 7.6 quake hits

A tsunami alert has been issued for potentially millions of people following a large magnitude 7.6 earthquake.

The quake struck on Mexico’s west coast on Monday afternoon, 37km southeast of the city of Aquila.

At least one person is thought to have died. The earthquake came on the anniversary of two other deadly Mexican earthquakes.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the phenomena was consistent with the Cocos tectonic plate in the Pacific Ocean slipping beneath the North American plate.

The US Tsunami Warning Centre said potentially hazardous waves could strike Mexico at any time within 300km of the epicentre.

There is no tsunami threat for the US or Canada.

The states of Colima and Michoacan, south of the city of Guadalajara, were closest to the earthquake which was detected 15km down.

Together those states have over five million residents – although many are inland.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Twitter that the navy had informed him that one person had died after a fence fell in a shopping centre in Manzanillo in the state of Colima.

“We will know more soon,” he said on Monday afternoon, Mexico time.

No damage has so far been reported in the capital Mexico City.

“Earthquakes are a common occurrence along the Middle America subduction zone,” stated the USGS.

“In the preceding 50 years, there have been 13 other earthquakes of magnitude 6.5 or larger within 250km of the September 19 event.”

The earthquake came on the same day as two previous large earthquakes.

Five years ago, also on September 19, 370 people died when an earthquake hit Mexico. A quake on the same day in 1985 killed 5000 people.

“Despite the coincidence, there is no specific date or time of year when Mexico is statistically more prone to seismic activity,” said the USGS.

Originally published as Tsunami alert in Mexico after deadly 7.6 magnitude earthquake hits

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