Powerful quake strikes Mexico, tsunami alert dropped

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A powerful 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck southern Mexico on Tuesday leaving five people dead but an initial tsunami warning was later reversed.

People get to the streets in Mexico City following a quake on June 23, 2020 amid the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic. – A 7.1 magnitude quake was registered Tuesday in the south of Mexico, according to the Mexican National Seismological Service.

The US Geological Survey reported that the quake struck with a magnitude of 7.4, at a depth of 23 kilometers. After initially publishing a reading of 7.1, the Mexican Seismological Service revised its figure to 7.5. Mexican Oil said its refinery in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca had been shut down as a precaution after a fire broke out “that was immediately stifled.”

Six hours after the quake, 447 aftershocks had been recorded across the region, the strongest at 4.6 magnitude. The earthquake was felt in several parts of the capital of 8.8 million people which in 2017 was hit by a 7.1 magnitude quake that left 360 people dead throughout the country.


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