Deadly Earthquake Rattles Mexico

A magnitude 7.4 earthquake along the southern coast of Mexico rocked much of the country early Tuesday, knocking out power, damaging buildings and triggering hazardous tsunami waves. The U.S. Geological Survey initially reported the quake’s magnitude as a 7.7.

 

The quake’s epicentre was located 7.6 miles (12 km) near the town of Santa María Zapotitlán, located in the state of Oaxaca, and home to a population of around 1,100. Oaxaca, the capital city of the state, is located about 90 miles from the epicentre and home to over 250,000 people.

 

A report from The Associated Press said that at least two people were killed in the state as a result of the quake.

 

The depth of the quake was about 16 miles (26 km). It occurred just before 10:30 a.m. local time Tuesday.

 

Light to moderate shaking was reported in the nation’s capital of Mexico City, over 700 miles away. The temblor was also felt on the opposite coast of the country including in the port city of Veracruz. Buildings reportedly swayed in Mexico City, according to The Associated Press.

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