Mexico earthquake: 7.4 magnitude quake hits south of country

There is a tsunami risk along the country’s southern coast and for Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador

Alex Woodward
New York
Tuesday 23 June 2020 12:58
Comments
Mexico earthquake: 7.4 magnitude quake hits south of country

A large earthquake has rattled southwestern Mexico, rocking Oaxaca and reaching as far as Mexico City, according to the US Geological Survey.

The agency's preliminary reports measured a 7.4 magnitude quake, sending residents into the streets and exploding some power lines.

A tsunami threat was in place along the country's southern coast and for Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Initial reports signalled a 7.7 magnitude quake at 11.30am eastern time on Mexico's southern Pacific coast at a depth of 16 miles (26 km).

Its epicentre was recorded 7 miles (12 km) south-southwest of Santa Maria Zapotitlan.

Following the quake, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration reported "tsunami waves reaching one to three meters above the tide level" could be possible along Mexico's coastline.

Reports followed of streets and buildings shaking from the tremors moments before alarms in Mexico City warned residents.

Damage was reported from the southern beach resort Huatulco, near the earthquake's epicentre, to more central parts of the county, including some crumbled ceilings, downed power lines and broken windows.

The latest quake was more powerful than a 7.1 magnitude quake in 2017 that caused widespread damage in the state of Puebla as well as across Mexico City. At least 370 people were killed and thousands were injured in that quake.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in