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Southwest Mexico Struck by 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake, Buildings Sway in Capital

  • Earthquake occurred after a commemoration of 1985, 2017 quakes
  • One person died in department store collapse in Colima state
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Mexico Rocked by 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake
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A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck southwestern Mexico on Monday, killing one person and prompting evacuations and causing buildings to sway in the capital. It occurred the same day as large tremors registered in 1985 and 2017.

The earthquake was near La Placita de Morelos, in Michoacan state along the Pacific Coast, about 475 kilometers (295 miles) west of Mexico City, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Hazardous tsunami waves were possible for coasts located within 300 kilometers of the epicenter, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said, asking people located in the threatened coastal areas to remain alert.