Friday, 03 July, 2020


Six killed as 7.4-magnitude natural disaster strikes southern Mexico; tsunami alert issued

7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Southern Mexico, Tsunami Warning Issued M 7.4 earthquake strikes Mexico, shaking felt hundreds of kilometres away
Kristine Garrett | 28 June, 2020, 02:55

As many as 200 houses in the area were damaged, including 30 that were badly impacted, a local official said.

A 7.4 magnitude quake struck southern Mexico on Tuesday, killing six people, sending hundreds fleeing from their homes and forcing the closure of a major state-owned oil refinery.

"The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and the Oaxaca Institute of Cultural Heritage state in their latest report that 55 objects of cultural heritage were damaged in Oaxaca, the epicentre of the natural disaster", the ministry said in a statement.

Mexican Oil said its refinery in Salina Cruz in Oaxaca had been shut down as a precaution after a fire broke out at the plant "that was immediately stifled".

The quake hit at 10:29 a.m. and the epicenter was located at 23 kilometers south of La Crucecita, a Pacific Coast village in southern Oaxaca state, the National Seismological Service (SSN) said via Twitter.

It comes significantly less than three years after an natural disaster left hundreds dead and thousands homeless in Mexico City.

There have been 653 aftershocks, the largest with a magnitude of 4.9.

At least six people died and several others have been injured as a result of damage to roofs and walls. Apart from some building facades falling, she said there had been "no major incidents" reported.

Blu Radio in Mexico City reported that the movement lasted for a long time and that vehicles and buildings were rocking.

Coronavirus patients remained in their beds as hospital staff evacuated. "If I lost it, I would lose not only my home, but a large part of my heart".

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