Mexico Hit By 2 Powerful Earthquakes

Earthquakes Occur Within Days of Each Other

Carl Harding, Sandscript Writer

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6 struck Western Mexico on September 19,2022 leaving some buildings damaged and sending people running outside to avoid being crushed by falling objects and debris. Two people were killed in the state of Colima and another 35 were injured by the earthquake. Many areas in the cities in the area were also left with no power. The earthquake occurred at 1:05pm and was centered in the Mexican states of Michoacan and Colima with aftershocks ranging from 5.8 to 6.8 from the earthquake. The shocks reached all the way to the capital of Mexico City. In Michoacan, city authorities reported that around 3,160 houses were affected by the earthquake including 89 schools and 21 hospitals. Around 800 houses have collapsed from the earthquake. Sadly, the city of Coahuayana has taken the most damage with 1,143 houses being affected and where 398 were completely destroyed. Authorities in Colima reported that at least 2,790 houses were affected by the earthquake and seven medical facilities were damaged. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami warning from the U.S Pacific Tsunami Warning Center as officials reported waves of three to nine feet above the tide level. 

Three days after the 7.6 earthquake that shook Central and Western Mexico, another earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 shook the area again around 1am on Thursday, September 22. The earthquake was centered in the state of Michoacan and the aftershocks from the earthquake could be felt in the states of Colima, Jalisco, Guerrero, and the capital Mexico City. Buildings in the area of the epicenter were damaged including some buildings that were toppled by the force of this earthquake as some buildings were damaged from the earthquake that occurred on the 19th, two people were killed by the earthquake with an unknown number of people being injured. This time the earthquake did not cause a tsunami warning, but it did cause a landslide that fell on Federal Highway 37 D which connects the states of Michoacan and Guerrero to the Pacific Coast.