Destruction by forces of nature: Major earthquake in Mexico

A 7.6 magnitude tremor has shaken the states of Michoacan and Comima. A hurricane wreaked havoc in the Dominican Republic.

A man with a megaphone speaks to people gathered in Zócalo Square during the earthquake.

In Mexico City, people gather from neighboring houses on the Zócalo Square during the earthquake Photo: Francisco Canedo/XinHua/dpa

MEXICO CITY/NAGUA rtr/afp | For the third time in its recent history, Mexico was hit by a severe earthquake on September 19th. the US earthquake monitoring station USGS on Monday gave the strength of the new tremors as 7.6 at a depth of 15 kilometers. The epicenter was therefore on the Pacific coast near the borders of the states of Michoacan and Colima.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said in a video address that a person was killed by a falling wall in the port city of Manzanillo. the Tsunami Warning Agency predicted dangerous tsunami waves. These could reach a height of up to three meters on some stretches of coast in Mexico.

Pictures published on the Internet, which are said to come from the affected region, showed badly damaged houses. Reporters from the Reuters news agency reported swaying buildings from Mexico City. No damage was initially recorded in the capital, Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo said. However, the power went out in parts of Mexico City. The metropolis is about 400 kilometers from the epicenter of the earthquake.

It is the third major quake to hit Mexico on September 19, after 1985 and 2017. The first killed thousands and the second more than 350. "This date, something about the 19th," said Monday the owner of a shop in the Cuauhtemoc district. "The 19th is a day to dread."

Hurricane damage in Dominican Republic

At least one person has died as a result of Hurricane Fiona in the Dominican Republic. 12,485 people were forced to leave their homes, said the director of the Center for Rescue Services, General Juan Méndez García, on Monday (local time). The storm caused flooded streets and power outages. Previously, "Fiona" had caused serious damage in the US territory of Puerto Rico.

According to the US Hurricane Center (NHC), the hurricane reached wind speeds of up to 150 kilometers per hour in the Dominican Republic. The authorities imposed a red alert for 16 of the 32 provinces of the Caribbean country.

In the resort town of Punta Cana, several roads were blocked by fallen trees or utility poles and the power went out, a local AFP journalist reported.

The hurricane is currently moving toward the Turks and Caicos Islands, north of the Dominican Republic.

Loss of electricity due to hurricane in Puerto Rico

"Fiona" hit land in Puerto Rico on Sunday afternoon with wind speeds of up to 140 kilometers per hour. The power grid collapsed on the Caribbean island with more than three million inhabitants, and heavy rain caused flooding and landslides.

According to Governor Pedro Pierluisi, power was restored to around 100,000 people on Monday.

In "many regions" of the US territory that have never experienced flooding, more rainwater has collected than ever before. "Fiona" raged there more violently than the devastating hurricane "Maria" in 2017, explained Pierluisi. According to the authorities, a total of 800,000 people were cut off from the drinking water supply this time due to power cuts and flooding.

A man suffered fatal burns trying to fill his generator because of the power outage. Downed power poles and trees blocked roads, and a bridge collapsed in the city of Utuado.

US President Joe Biden declared a state of emergency for Puerto Rico. On Monday, Biden spoke to Governor Pierluisi and assured him that the number of rescue workers dispatched from Washington would be "consistently increased" from the current 300.

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