Thursday, 02 July, 2020

Death toll from Mexicos 7.5-magnitude quake reaches 7 #112870

7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Southern Mexico, Tsunami Warning Issued M 7.4 earthquake strikes Mexico, shaking felt hundreds of kilometres away
Sandy Nunez | 28 June, 2020, 02:59

The epicentre was near Crucecita, in the southeastern state of Oaxaca, but the shock wave was felt as far away as Mexico City, some 700 km distant, where it sent frightened residents rushing into the streets.

The US Geological Survey has reported a 7.4 magnitude quake on the west coast of Mexico, 12 kilometers south-southwest of Santa María Zapotitlán, Mexico.

"The quake also resulted in a tsunami threat message issued by NOAA's [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] Pacific Tsunami Warning Center", USGS added in a news release. Hundreds of buildings were damaged and the residents ran into the streets in panic.

Governor Alejandro Murat said that one person has died in the state of Oaxaca.

No damage was reported at the Salina Cruz maritime terminal on the west coast, Pemex said. A refinery worker was seriously injured during the natural disaster and sent to the hospital, according to a spokeswoman who asked not to be identified, citing company policy.

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President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced that key infrastructure, such as oil and electricity production centers, were not affected.

Medical staff were evacuated from some hospitals in the capital alongside patients, although those suffering from the coronavirus remained isolated inside the buildings, alongside their caretakers.

Mexico's stocks and currency pared some gains following the quake but are both higher on the day.

An initial tsunami warning was later reversed.

There is no dam damage in Oaxaca, according to the National Water Commission. He was on the third floor of a building when the quake struck.