Major 7.5 magnitude earthquake hits Mexico’s southwest

A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 hit Oaxaca, Mexico, on Friday evening, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.


The origin of the quake was reported to be 43 kilometers, or 26.7 miles, deep. The U.S. Tsunami Warning System said there was no tsunami threat to the west coast of the U.S. and British Columbia or Alaska.

While the earthquake center was less than two miles from the town of Pinotepa de Don Luis, tremors were apparently felt more than 300 miles away in Mexico City.

An earlier USGS report measured the tremors at with a preliminary magnitude of 7.5.

Gerardo Ruiz Esparaza, Mexico’s secretary of communications and transportation, said that the communication and transport infrastructure was operating normally across the country following the earthquake.

During a preliminary assessment, Oaxaca’s civil protection office reported that there was damage in the city, but no reports of deaths so far.

Videos of the earthquake show buildings swaying as people take cover in hallways and on the street in Oaxaca and Mexico City. Some residents held onto parked cars to keep themselves steady as the ground moved.

Shortly after the earthquake stopped, officials said there was no damage reported in Mexico City.

However, initial photos and footage from Pinotepa de Don Luis and surrounding areas in Oaxaca showed damage to buildings and stores.

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