Large Earthquake Shakes Mexican Coastline; Tsunami Not Expected In U.S.

A​ preliminary 7.6 magnitude earthquake has struck the Pacific coast of Mexico, not far from the town of Aquila.

T​he USGS said the quake struck at 2:05 p.m. EDT Monday afternoon (1:05 p.m. local time) at a depth of about 9 miles. The epicenter was located about 23 miles southeast of Aquila.

T​he U.S. Tsunami Warning Center said a tsunami was possible locally along parts of the coastline within about 200 miles of the epicenter, but there was no threat for the U.S. West Coast.

T​here were no immediate reports of damage, according to the Associated Press. In Mexico City, some 400 miles east of the epicenter, buildings were evacuated as a precaution and power was knocked out in some areas.

A​ccording to the AP, Mexico had just finished a nationwide earthquake drill an hour before the shaking started, as Monday marked the anniversary of major earthquakes that struck the country in 1985 and 2017.

T​his is a developing story. Please check back frequently for updates.

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