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    6.8 magnitude earthquake shakes Mexico, two dead

    MEXICO CITY (AP) – A powerful magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Mexico yesterday, causing at least two deaths, damaging buildings and setting off landslides.

    The earthquake struck at 1.19am near the epicentre of a magnitude 7.6 quake that hit three days earlier in the western state of Michoacan. It was also blamed for two deaths.

    The United States (US) Geological Survey said yesterday’s earthquake was centred 50 kilometres south-southwest of Aguililla, Michoacan, at a depth of 24.1 kilometres.

    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 highways.

    President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said via Twitter it was an aftershock from Monday’s quake and was also felt in the states of Colima, Jalisco and Guerrero.

    Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said via Twitter two people died – a woman who fell down the stairs of her home and a man who had a heart attack.

    Residents huddled in streets as seismic alarms blared.

    The earthquake rattled an already jittery country. Monday’s more powerful quake was the third major earthquake to strike on September 19 – in 1985, 2017 and now 2022.

    The 2017 and September 19 quakes came very shortly after the annual earthquake drill conducted every September 19 to commemorate the devastating 1985 temblor that killed some 9,500 people.

    People gather outside after an earthquake was felt in Mexico City. PHOTO: AP
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