Powerful quake in southern Mexico kills six

Pablo Tucker
June 28, 2020

Significant earthquakes have been recorded in the southern coast of Mexico throughout history, including a magnitude 8.0 natural disaster that struck in 1985 and caused around 9,500 fatalities, injuries to 30,000 people and left 100,000 people homeless.

At least six people died and several others have been injured as a result of damage to roofs and walls.

The area surrounding the popular Huatulco beach resort in the southern state of Oaxaca was hardest hit by the 7.4 magnitude quake, but the shaking could be felt as far away as Mexico City, where tall buildings swayed and thousands of people raced into the streets.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center sent an all-clear in the afternoon, saying the initial tsunami threat has now passed.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) says that the quake occurred as a result of reverse faulting on or near the plate boundary between the Cocos and North American plates.

"At the moment, unfortunately, six deaths and four injuries are reported in Oaxaca; in Mexico City, there is a report of two injuries", the Secretariat of Security and Civilian Protection said in a statement late Tuesday.

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".

A powerful magnitude 7.4 natural disaster struck near Oaxaca in southern Mexico.

Mexico City mayor Claudia Sheinbaum also activated response protocols, although she said there had been "no major incidents" reported.

The quake has hit at a time when Mexico is already reeling from the coronavirus pandemic. "If I lost it, I would lose not only my home, but a large part of my heart".

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