A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 struck Mexico early Thursday, causing buildings to sway and leaving at least one person dead in the nation's capital. The earthquake struck shortly after 1am, just three days after a 7.6-magnitude earthquake shook western and central Mexico, killing two. The US Geological Survey said Thursday’s earthquake, like Monday’s, was centered in the western state of Michoacan near the Pacific coast. The epicenter was about 29 miles south-southwest of Aguililla, Michoacan, at a depth of about 15 miles. Michoacan’s state government said the quake was felt throughout the state. It reported damage to a building in the city of Uruapan and some landslides on the highway that connects Michoacan and Guerrero with the coast.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said it was an aftershock from Monday’s quake and was also felt in the states of Colima, Jalisco, and Guerrero, the AP reports. Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said one woman died in a central neighborhood when she fell down the stairs of her home. The earthquake rattled an already jittery country. Monday's more powerful quake was the third major earthquake to strike on Sept. 19—in 1985, 2017, and now 2022. The 2017 and 2022 Sept. 19 quakes came very shortly after the annual earthquake drill conducted every Sept. 19 to commemorate the devastating 1985 temblor that killed some 9,500 people.