Mexico earthquake: Buildings sway as massive magnitude 6.8 tremors rock coastal region

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Michoacan, a region on the coast of Mexico this morning, according to the The United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The US defines magnitude 7 as a “major” earthquake.

According to the organisation it hit at 6.16am this morning.

A Reuters witness claimed the buildings in Mexico City, roughly 370km frim Michoacan, shook as the earthquake alarm was sounding.

Pictures show locals gathering on the streets as the huge tremor struck.

According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), this is the third felt earthquake in Michoacan, Mexico in the last 61 hours.

The USGS add that the quake was 20.7km below sea level.

The US have not issued a tsunami warning followng the powerful geological event.

Twitter users also reported feeling the effects of the earthquake in Guadalajara – a city roughly 260km from Michoacan.

It comes just days after another strong quake killed two people and damaged hundreds of buildings in the same region of Mexico.

On Monday, the anniversary of deadly earthquakes in 1985 and 2017, a magnitude 7.6 earthquake hit western Mexico.

Two people died in the Pacific port of Manzanillo following Monday’s tremor.

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said on Twitter on Thursday morning that there were no initial reports of damage in the city.

Resident Shikha Panchhi shared a video inside her home showing a ceiling light swinging from side to side.