VERY STRONG 7.6 EARTHQUAKE 90 KMS SOUTH EAST OF TECOMAN, MEXICO – TSUNAMI THREAT ISSUED
UPDATE: 2230 Hrs
One person reported to have died i n the coastal city of Manzanillo Colima, when a wall at a mall collapsed (source BBC)
A very strong earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale was recorded this Monday in Mexico, announced the US Geological Centre.
There are still no damages or injuries to report, but the Associated Press reports that the quake was felt in the capital of Mexico City, located hundreds of kilometres from the epicentre.
The earthquake was recorded 37 kilometres off the coast of Aquila, between the states of Colima and Michoacan, at a depth of 15.1 kilometres.
Through Twitter, the Mexican seismological centre began by noting that the earthquake was registered with a magnitude of 6.8, later correcting it to 7.4.
Earthquake alarms sounded in the nation’s capital an hour after a nationwide drill, which took place on the same day as two other powerful earthquakes, in 1985 and 2017.
A tsunami threat has been issued
The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said that waves reaching one to three metres (three to nine feet) above the tide level could hit coastal areas overnight.
On average each year there would only be around 15-20 earthquakes of this size.