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6.8 magnitude earthquake kills 1 in Mexico

A woman has died after falling down the stairs of her home during the tremors in central Mexico City.

A preliminary magnitude-6.8 earthquake hits Mexico, shaking buildings and killing at least one person in the capital.

The quake struck shortly after 1 am (06:00 GMT) on Thursday, just three days after a magnitude 7.6 quake shook western and central Mexico, killing two people.

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Scheinbaum said a woman died after falling down the stairs at her home. Residents swarmed the streets as earthquake alarms rang out.

The U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday’s quake, like Monday’s, was centered in western Michoacán state near the Pacific coast. The epicenter was 46 km (29 mi) southwest of Agiliya, Michoacán, at a depth of 24 km (15 mi).

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

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Twitter that the aftershocks of Monday’s earthquake were also felt in the states of Colima, Jalisco and Guerrero.

The quake rattled the already jerky country. The devastating 1985 earthquake killed about 9,500 people in Mexico.

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