5.4-magnitude quake hits S. Mexico

Thursday, 25 Jun, 2020

On 23 June, a 7.4-magnitude quake hit the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, with the epicentre located 7.4 miles southeast of the city of La Crucecita.

The sturdy quake was felt in 12 south and central states, and by 2.30 p.m. over 447 aftershocks had been documented.

The sixth death was reported by Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Murat.

Medical staff were evacuated from some hospitals in the capital alongside patients, although those suffering from the coronavirus remained isolated inside the buildings, alongside their carers. Several community hospitals were also damaged. The sea level rose 60 centimeters at Huatulco beach, a popular destination for USA and Canadian tourists. According to reports, it was felt all over Central America, including Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

Helicopters flew over downtown Mexico City and police patrols sounded their sirens after the natural disaster struck.

Guatemala's national disaster agency issued a tsunami alert for its southern Pacific coast forecasting the arrival of waves up to a meter high. Geological Survey (USGS) ShakeMap.

Early estimates from USGS of the earthquake's damage "suggest that localized casualties and damage are possible but there are likely to be fewer than 100 fatalities and less than $100 million in damage". As a lot of as 200 homes in the region were being weakened, which includes 30 that have been badly impacted, a community official reported. The people were warned to lookout for the possibility of tsunami and landslides.

It comes significantly less than three years after an natural disaster left hundreds dead and thousands homeless in Mexico City.

Situated at the intersection of three tectonic plates, Mexico is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries. One is 7.1 magnitude and the other is 8.1 magnitude. The quake set-off a tsunami alert along Central America's Pacific coast.

This is a breaking story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Fidel Gutierrez of CNNE in Mexico City and Clara Lopez of Atlanta contributed to the reporting.