BREAKING: Massive 7.5 magnitude earthquake hits Michoacan, Mexico, raising tsunami fears

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A huge earthquake struck the state of Michoacan in Mexico with a preliminary 7.5 magnitude, triggering fears of a tsunami.

 

A massive earthquake measuring 7.6 magnitude on the Richter scale hit the state of Michoacan on the southwest coast of Mexico this evening, Monday, September 19. The location of the tremor is said to be off the Pacific coast of the small town of La Placita de Morelos.

Video footage uploaded on social media showed people running out of their homes, and the authorities have reportedly already started evacuating residents.

Incredibly, the tremor occurred only one hour after drills had been completed commemorating the big earthquakes of 1985 and 2017, both of which happened on the exact same date.

The quake hit at around 2:05pm local time, with the Mexican seismological service originally reporting it as 6.8 magnitude. According to the US geological survey it was registered at 7.5 magnitude. According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, there is a potential tsunami threat along the coast within 300 km (162 miles) of the epicentre.

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