The powerful earthquake occurred on the anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Mexico

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MEXICO CITY, Sept 19 (Reuters) – A powerful earthquake struck western Mexico on Monday on the anniversary of two devastating quakes, killing at least one person, damaging buildings, cutting power and sending Mexico City residents into the streets for safety.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said in a video that one person was killed when a wall collapsed at a store in the Pacific port of Manzanillo.

Shortly after 1 p.m. (1800 GMT), the 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck near the coast at a depth of about 15 km (9 miles) near the border of the states of Michigan and Colima, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

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Mexico City Mayor Claudia Scheinbaum said there were no immediate reports of damage in the capital after the tremors sent tremors across Mexico on the same day as major earthquakes in 1985 and 2017.

“It’s something about this date, the 19th,” said Ernesto Lanceta, a business owner in the city’s Guahtemoc borough. “The 19th is a day to fear.”

Before announcing the death, López Obrador said in an earlier message that there had been material damage in nearby areas after the quake. Pictures posted on social media showed buildings badly damaged.

Power was cut in parts of the capital’s central Roma area, 400 km (250 mi) from the epicenter. Local residents stood in the street cradling their pets, while tourists visiting the local market with a local guide were confused and upset.

Traffic lights stopped working and people clutched their phones, texting or waiting for calls.

The September 19, 1985 earthquake killed thousands of people and the September 19, 2017 earthquake killed over 350.

The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a tsunami warning for coastal areas of Mexico, saying waves of 1 to 3 meters (3 to 9 feet) above the high tide level are possible.

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Report from the Mexico City newsroom; Written by Dave Graham; Editing by Stephen Eisenhammer and Sandra Mahler

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