Four killed as strong quake shakes southern, central Mexico

Strong quake hits southern Mexico people run into streets in capital

A powerful 7.4 magnitude quake struck southern Mexico on Tuesday, triggering a tsunami warning along Central America's Pacific coast and as far south as Ecuador.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the natural disaster measured 7.4 on the Richter scale, and it hit at 10:29 a.m. local time (11:29 a.m. EDT).

A strong quake hit southern Mexico on Tuesday, shaking buildings in the center of the capital Mexico City hundreds of miles away, and sending people fleeing their homes into the streets.

The state oil company, Petróleos Mexicanos, was forced to briefly shut down its refinery.

Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Murat said in a video message that 85 towns cross the state reported some degree of damage, but airports and hospitals attending to COVID-19 patients were operating as normal.

An initial tsunami warning was later reversed.

Rescuers were battling to reach a remote area of the rugged state amid reports that 15 workers had become trapped while constructing a highway.

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum also activated response protocols, adding that two people had been injured.

The USGS placed the quake's epicenter along the southern coastline of Oaxaca, yet its effects were felt as far inland as Mexico City. Though no significant damage has been reported by growers, we are keeping a close eye on the aftermath of these events.

Mexico's civil protection agency said the death toll from the quake was four.

On Tuesday the country recorded its highest number of cases in a 24-hour period, with 6,288 new infections, according to the Ministry of Health.

Properties were being scarred by vast cracks across partitions and people sought to very clear debris from the streets.



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