Mexico earthquake: Magnitude 6.8 aftershock hits Michoacán state, second major earthquake in region this week

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MEXICO — A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck the Mexican state of Michoacán on Thursday morning. the second powerful earthquake will be announced in the region this week.

Note: The video in the media player above is from a preliminary report on Monday’s magnitude 7.6 earthquake in Mexico.

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

The US Geological Survey said Thursday’s earthquake, like Monday’s, was in the western state of Michoacan near the Pacific coast. The epicenter was about 29 miles south-southwest of Aguililla, Michoacan, at a depth of about 15 miles.

RELATED: At least 1 dead after 7.6-magnitude earthquake hits Mexico

The USGS initially rated Thursday’s earthquake at 7.0, but later downgraded it to 6.8.

Monday’s stronger quake was the third major earthquake to hit on September 19, following 1985, 2017 and now 2022. The earthquakes of September 19, 2017 and 2022 occurred very soon after the annual earthquakes, which are held every year on September 19 to commemorate the devastating year 1985. an earthquake that killed about 9,500 people.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

UPDATE: We will add more details to this report as they become available.

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