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Powerful Earthquake Shakes Southern Mexico, Killing at Least 5

People embrace on the street as they wait for the all-clear to return to their apartment after an earthquake in Mexico City, June 23, 2020. A powerful earthquake centered near the southern Mexico resort of Huatulco on Tuesday killed at least five people, swayed buildings in Mexico City and sent thousands fleeing into the streets. 

Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said one person was killed in a building collapse in Huatulco, Oaxaca. Otherwise he said reports were of minor damage from the magnitude 7.4 quake, including broken windows and collapsed walls. Oaxaca Gov. Alejandro Murat said a second person was killed in an apparent house collapse in the mountain village of San Juan Ozolotepec and a third died in circumstances he did not explain.

Federal civil defense authorities reported two more deaths: A worker at the state-run oil company, Pemex, fell to his death from a refinery structure, and a man died in the Oaxaca village of San Agustin Amatengo when a wall fell on him.

Pemex also said the quake caused a fire at its refinery in the Pacific coast city of Salina Cruz, relatively near the epicenter. It said one worker was injured and the flames were quickly extinguished. Churches, bridges and highways also suffered damage during the quake.

Seismic alarms sounded midmorning with enough warning for residents to exit buildings. Power was knocked out to some areas.  Helicopters flew over downtown Mexico City and police patrols sounded their sirens.

Aliqismet BADALOV,
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24 June 2020 11:43 -

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