Tsunami warning issued after earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale in central Mexico


A massive earthquake has hit central Mexico. Nothing is known about damage yet. According to the US Geological Survey, it is an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale. The USGS initially reported that the quake was a 7.5.

According to the USGS, the center of the earthquake was in the Pacific Ocean near La Placita de Morelos, about 300 miles northwest of Acapulco.

The US Tsunami Warning System has issued a warning that a tsunami is possible off the coast of Michoacan, Mexico.

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A Twitter user in Puerto Vallarta captured the effects of the earthquake on video. In the clip, the room rumbles and a ceiling fan sways wildly as the earthquake rocks the area. Puerto Vallarta is about 400 km north of the earthquake epicenter.

According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, possible tsunami waves could occur within 300 km of the earthquake’s epicenter. It noted that waves between 1 and 3 meters above the tide level are possible along the Mexican coast. Monday afternoon, the agency said it had observed tsunami waves.

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Waves up to 0.3 meters above the tide level are possible for a number of countries, including Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Australia, Japan, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami threat to Hawaii after the earthquake.

The earthquake happened on the same day that Mexico holds its national earthquake exercise, which also commemorates the massive 1985 earthquake that killed thousands in Mexico City.

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Another earthquake struck Mexico on the same day in Puebla in 2017, killing 370.

Monday’s earthquake occurred just half an hour after the annual exercise ended.

On Sunday, a 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck Taiwan, killing one person and injuring 146.