Fatalities reported after magnitude 7.6 earthquake rattles Mexico

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A magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck off the western coast of Mexico on Monday afternoon, killing at least two people.

The deaths were reported in the Pacific port of Manzanillo, Reuters confirmed with local authorities. One person was crushed by the facade of a department store, while another was found dead at a mall.

The strong earthquake was centered about 25 miles southeast of La Placita de Morelos, Mexico, hitting just after 1 p.m. Central Time, according to the U.S. Geological Service.

Damage was also reported to several hospitals in the western state of Michoacan near the epicenter, Reuters reports. Government officials told the news agency that one person was injured by falling glass at one of the hospitals.

The earthquake was said to be felt as far inland as Mexico City.

The quake was centered just offshore, but officials said no tsunami threat existed for California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii or Alaska.

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Patients at an Apatzingán dental office, located just over 100 miles from the earthquake's epicenter, watched as the room violently shook.

Mexico City had planned an earthquake drill early Monday afternoon to mark the anniversary of two deadly earthquakes, according to local reports. In 1985, a magnitude 8.0 earthquake killed at least 9,500 people, and in 2017, more than 260 people died from a magnitude 7.1 earthquake. The quake occurred less than an hour after the drill was scheduled.

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"It feels curious when (earthquakes) strike on the same calendar date in different years, but coincidences are just that – coincidences," the USGS said.

Not far from where the earthquake originated is Tropical Storm Madeline in the eastern Pacific. The tropical storm's outer rain bands were forecast to produce several inches of rain off the Jalisco coast into Monday afternoon.