Mexico: The death toll from the powerful earthquake that rocked Mexico yesterday rose to at least two, damaged buildings, caused electricity cuts and prompted residents of the capital, Mexico City, to take to the streets to save themselves.
The 7.6-magnitude earthquake shook western Mexico on the anniversary of two devastating earthquakes.
Authorities said two people died in the Pacific coastal city of Manzanillo, one of whom was crushed by a storefront collapse, while the other was found dead in a mall.
Videos posted on social media showed the rooftop floor of the mall, where the gymnasium is located, collapsed and people screaming for help. The authorities also reported damage to two hospitals in the western state of Michoacan near the epicentre, which was located in a sparsely populated area of Mexico. The government said one person was injured by broken glass in one of the hospitals.
The quake struck shortly after 1 p.m. local time, and the US Geological Survey said it occurred near the coast at the border of Michoacan and Colima states. She added that the epicentre of the earthquake was shallow, at a depth of about 15 kilometres only. The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning of tsunami waves in parts of the coast of Mexico, saying that waves could range between one and three meters above tide level.
Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said there were no reports of major damage in the capital after the earthquake, which came on the same day as two major earthquakes in the country in 1985 and 2017.