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Mexico City — A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico early Thursday, shaking buildings and killing at least one person in the nation’s capital.

The quake struck shortly after 1 p.m., just three days after a 7.6-magnitude quake that struck western and central Mexico, killing two.

The US Geological Survey said Thursday’s quake, like Monday, was centered in the western state of Michoacan near the Pacific coast. The epicenter of the quake was about 29 miles (46 kilometers) south-southwest of Aguilla, Michoacan, at a depth of about 15 miles (24.1 kilometers).

The state government of Michoacan said the quake was felt throughout the state. It reported damage to a building in the city of Uruapan and some landslides on the highway that connects Michoacán and Guerrero to the coast.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said via Twitter that it was the aftermath of Monday’s earthquake and was also felt in the states of Colima, Jalisco and Guerrero.

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said via Twitter that a woman died in a central neighborhood after she fell from the stairs of her home. Residents were taken to the streets as the seismic alarm sounded.

The earthquake shook the already troubled country. Monday’s more powerful earthquake was the third major quake on September 19 – in 1985, 2017 and now in 2022. The 2017 and 2022 September 19 earthquakes came immediately after the annual earthquake drill held every September 19 to commemorate the devastating 1985. The earthquake in which about 9,500 people died.

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