For the third time, a earthquake with a magnitude greater than 7.0 (7.7 specifically), a September 19th in Mexico. In the case of this Monday, the epicenter originated south of Coalcomán, Michoacán, and impacted at least five entities in the country.
According to the most recent information confirmed by the federal government and Civil Protection authorities, the earthquake on September 19, 2022 caused the death of two peopleboth in the state of Colima.
In this same state, the largest aftershock (5.8) was recorded at 03:17 on September 20, which originated 70 km southeast of Tecomán.
Preliminarily, the National Seismological Service had reported a magnitude of 5.9. However, minutes later, it released the update in which it was determined that the replica had a final magnitude of 5.8thus becoming the most intense of the 519 recorded until now after the earthquake of September 19.
Until 03:43 hrs., the National Civil Protection Coordination (CNPC) reported that there were no reports of damage in the states where it was perceived, but monitoring is maintained for any possible damage.
In addition, the same agency confirmed that there are no significant variations in sea level due to this aftershock, so it is estimated that there is no danger of a tsunami and there will be no risk to the port operation.
For her part, the governor of the state of Colima, Indira Vizcaíno, commented that the Civil Protection protocols will be maintained.
This aftershock was also noticeable in Jalisco and Michoacán, according to reports from citizens and state authorities.
In the case of Michoacan, the Civil Protection Coordination communicated the state of “permanent alert” before the new earthquake originated in Tecomán. They reiterated that any eventuality can be reported to the 911 emergency number.
According to information from the National Communication and Operation Center (CENACOM), in Michoacán the aftershock was slightly perceptible in the municipalities of Lázaro Cárdenas, Pátzcuaro, Uruapan, Los Reyes de Salgado, Arteaga, Ario de Rosales and Chinicuila. At the moment there is no report of damage.
In Colima, this incident was felt, slightly to moderately, in all the municipalities. No damage has been reported so far.
For their part, users of social networks reported that the earthquake was also felt in some municipalities in the state of Jaliscosuch as Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Tlajomulco de Zúñiga and Ciudad Guzmán.
The state of Colima was one of the most affected by the earthquake registered on September 19 at 1:05 p.m., since until the closing of this edition it is the entity that concentrated the two deaths caused by the incident.
The first death was confirmed at 2:18 p.m. on Monday by the president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. During a call with Jose Rafael Ojeda DuranSecretary of the Navy, the president had information of the death of a person in chamomile due to the fall of a fence in a commercial establishment of the Coppel chain.
Later, at 10:13 p.m., the state Civil Protection services announced the second death, since a person she was trapped under the rubble of a gym from Plaza Punta Bahía, also in Manzanillo. According to local media, the man who was found dead was called Rafael “N”, a radio businessman and manager of Turquoise Radio. This information has not been confirmed by the authorities.
In the afternoon, the emergency services had to transfer a woman from Tecomán to the municipality of Villa de Álvarez in a helicopter, since she required urgent attention for burns caused by the explosion of a gas tank in her home, caused by the earthquake.
Around midnight, the governor Indira Vizcaino led an extraordinary session of the State Coordination Table for the Construction of Peace and Security in which some evaluations carried out up to that moment were shared.
Due to the incident, landslides were reported in Colima in at least five different roadswhich caused obstructions in the roads and even the closure of one of them.
The highways affected by the earthquake were: Colima – Manzanillo, Minatitlán km. 34 and km. 22, La Becerrera, Zacualpan and Juluapan.