Earthquake in Mexico's La Crucecita: Massive magnitude 7.4 quake kills at least six people

Reuters | Jun 24, 2020, 11:58 AM IST

A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.4 struck southern Mexico`s Pacific coast on Tuesday, killing at least six people and seriously injuring others in isolated villages, while causing damage to buildings hundreds of miles away in Mexico City. Photo: Reuters

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Most hit regions

Most hit regions

The fatalities were near the quake`s center in Oaxaca, a mountainous state known for its coffee, mescal and Spanish colonial architecture. Photo: Reuters

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Epicenter of the earthquake

Epicenter of the earthquake

A Reuters witness in the state`s Pacific coast resort town of La Crucecita, which Mexican authorities said was the epicenter of the earthquake, saw anxious residents standing outside their homes hours after the tremor as they feared deadly aftershocks. Photo: Reuters

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US Geological survey on Mexico earthquake

US Geological survey on Mexico earthquake

The US Geological Survey said the epicenter of Tuesday`s quake was located 69 km (43 miles) northeast of the town of Pochutla. Photo: Reuters

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Level of devastation

Level of devastation

Houses were scarred by wide cracks across walls and residents sought to clear debris from the streets. About 200 houses in the area were damaged, including 30 that were badly impacted, a local official said. Photo: Reuters

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Challenge for rescue operators

Challenge for rescue operators

Rescue workers battled for hours to reach the settlement, near the epicenter, where the quake brought down homes and parts of the mountainside, the official said.
A clinic and old churches near the epicenter were severely damaged, images on social media showed. Quakes of magnitudes over 7 are major earthquakes capable of widespread, heavy damage. Photo: Reuters

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Mexico City shakes

Mexico City shakes

In Mexico City, buildings shook strongly and people ran into the streets when an early warning seismic alarm sounded. Two people were injured and more than 30 buildings in the capital suffered damage, officials said, including buildings still scarred from a 2017 earthquake that killed 355 people in the capital and the surrounding states. Photo: Reuters