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‘It’s really strange’: Earthquake strikes Mexico on same date as two previous quakes

Mexico was struck by a 7.6 magnitude earthquake on the same day as two other devastating quakes in 2017 and 1985. Scientists call this a coincidence.

Two people died in the earthquake that struck the country’s west shortly after 1pm local on Monday 19 September.

It caused damage to buildings and knocked out power, leaving residents of Mexico City scrambling for safety.

The epicenter was located in Mexico’s arid region, approximately 90km (56 mi) from Tecoman, Colima. It is close to the Pacific coast, and about 400km (250 mi) from Mexico City.

Image Scientists claim that the date is just a coincidence

It was only 15km (nine mi) deep, which would have increased its impact.

Laura Velazquez is the head of Mexico ’s civil protection agency. She said that the deaths were caused by the partial collapse buildings.

One victim was crushed against the front of a Manzanillo department store, while the other was found dead in a Colima shopping center in the same port city.

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Another ten people were also injured, nine in Colima, and one in Michoacan.

Since the earthquake struck, at least 692 aftershocks have been recorded. The strongest was Tuesday’s magnitude 5.8.

Scientists believe that the three earthquakes that struck the same day are coincidental.

Paul Earle, a US Geological Survey seismologist, stated that there is no statistical or physical bias against earthquakes in Mexico.

Xyoli Perez Campos, a Seismology researcher, said that plates only break when it’s time. What will they know about the calendar?

Others believe that the date is more than just a coincidence.

It seems like a curse,” Isa Montes (a 34-year old graphic designer) said.

Jorge Ornelas is a call center coordinator who said that it was “really strange” but that many people don’t like the day.

He stated that many people he knows begin to worry about an earthquake in September.

The 35-year old added that if we continue to think that it will shake every 19 September, it will continue to happen every year because what we think is always what happens.”

Image Police officers near damaged shopping centres after Monday’s earthquake

Read more: Mexico’s earthquakes are a concern.

Mexico City was struck by an earthquake of 8.0 magnitude in 1985. It killed 9,500 people.

The event caused damage of at least $3bn (PS2.6bn) to hundreds of buildings.

In 2017, more than 350 people were killed in a 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Puebla, central Mexico. More than 40 buildings also collapsed.

Mexico is located on five tectonic plates above the ground, making it vulnerable to earthquakes.


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