One dead after second powerful earthquake with 6.8 magnitude strikes Mexico days after 7.7 scale quake hit killing two 

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Two days after a 7.7-magnitude quake struck Mexico, a second powerful 6.8-magnitude quake killed one person.

An earthquake struck this morning in Mexico City, killing a woman who collapsed and hit her head while evacuating her homes during the country’s second quake this week.

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According to the Mexico City government, female doctors fell on the stairs of their neighborhood home and buildings began to shake as the quake alarm sounded.

A man in the south of the capital also suffered a heart attack after the quake.

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It struck at a depth of 20.7 km (12.9 mi) at around 1.16 a.m. local time (6.16 GMT) and was weaker and deeper than it was on Monday.

The epicenter of the quake was near the Pacific coast 84 kilometers (52 mi) south of Colcomán in the western state of Michoacan, the National Seismological Agency reported.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) has estimated its magnitude at 6.8.

Residents of Mexico City’s Roma Sur neighborhood fled their homes in nightwear and pajamas, some only covered with blankets.

People comforted each other with crying children and pets and neighbors as the earthquake alarm went off four times.

An earthquake struck this morning in Mexico City, killing a woman who collapsed and hit her head while evacuating her homes during the country’s second quake this week. Image: Residents stand outside their homes after an earthquake alarm is sounded

According to the Mexico City government, female doctors fell on the stairs of their neighborhood home and buildings began to shake as the quake alarm sounded.  A man in the south of the capital also suffered a heart attack after the quake.  Image: A woman outside after feeling the tremors in Mexico City

According to the Mexico City government, female doctors fell on the stairs of their neighborhood home and buildings began to shake as the quake alarm sounded. A man in the south of the capital also suffered a heart attack after the quake. Image: A woman outside after feeling the tremors in Mexico City

On Twitter, President Andres Manuel López Obrador wrote: ‘We had a 6.9 magnitude aftershock with an earthquake in Colcomón.

‘It was felt in Michoacan (and other states) Colima, Jalisco, Guerrero and Mexico City. There is no report of damage so far,’ he said.

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said official helicopters had flown over the city and there were no preliminary reports of destruction.

“No damage has been reported in the city so far after the quake,” he tweeted.

Residents of Mexico City's Roma Sur neighborhood fled their homes in nightwear and pajamas, some only covered with blankets.  People comforted each other with crying children and pets and neighbors as the earthquake alarm went off four times.  Image: People wait outside after surviving the latest earthquake

Residents of Mexico City’s Roma Sur neighborhood fled their homes in nightwear and pajamas, some only covered with blankets. People comforted each other with crying children and pets and neighbors as the earthquake alarm went off four times. Image: People wait outside after surviving the latest earthquake

It followed Monday’s 7.7-magnitude earthquake, less than an hour after millions of people in Mexico City took part in emergency drills to mark the anniversary of two deadly aftershocks in 1985 and 2017.

The National Seismological Agency said the timing of Monday’s tremor was nothing more than a coincidence.

It says, ‘There is no scientific reason to explain this.

On 19 September 1985, a magnitude 8.1 earthquake killed more than 10,000 people and destroyed hundreds of buildings.

In 2017, the anniversary of that quake, a 7.1-magnitude earthquake killed about 370 people, mainly in the capital.

One person was killed when debris fell on a shopping center in Manzanillo in the western state of Colima during Monday’s earthquake.

Later in the same city a woman was killed when a wall collapsed.

It came after Monday's earthquake, less than an hour after millions of people in Mexico City took part in emergency drills to mark the anniversary of two deadly aftershocks in 1985 and 2017.  Image: People in the Tlatelolco neighborhood after this morning's earthquake

It came after Monday’s earthquake, less than an hour after millions of people in Mexico City took part in emergency drills to mark the anniversary of two deadly aftershocks in 1985 and 2017. Image: People in the Tlatelolco neighborhood after this morning’s earthquake

Image: People wait outside their homes after an earthquake struck Mexico City this morning

Image: People wait outside their homes after an earthquake struck Mexico City this morning

Mexico is located in the world’s most seismically and volcanically active region known as the Ring of Fire, where the Pacific Plate meets the surrounding tectonic plates.

Mexico City, which together with the surrounding urban areas is home to more than 20 million people, is built in a sediment-filled natural basin of a former lake, making it particularly vulnerable to earthquakes.

The capital has an early warning alarm system using seismic monitors intended to give residents sufficient time to evacuate buildings in seismic zones near the Pacific coast.

The US Tsunami Warning System said today’s earthquake did not pose a tsunami threat. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning after Monday’s earthquake.

The capital has an early warning alarm system using seismic monitors intended to give residents sufficient time to evacuate buildings in seismic zones near the Pacific coast.  Image: Residents evacuated this morning

The capital has an early warning alarm system using seismic monitors intended to give residents sufficient time to evacuate buildings in seismic zones near the Pacific coast. Image: Residents evacuated this morning

The US Tsunami Warning System said today's earthquake did not pose a tsunami threat.  The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning after Monday's earthquake.  Image: Residents after the earthquake

The US Tsunami Warning System said today’s earthquake did not pose a tsunami threat. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning after Monday’s earthquake. Image: Residents after the earthquake

One dead after second powerful earthquake with 6.8 magnitude strikes Mexico days after 7.7 scale quake hit killing two 

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