Powerful Earthquake Jolts Southern Mexico

Mexico Earthquake

Mexico City, June 24 : A powerful earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale jolted 9 km west of El Coyul in Mexico on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

  • The powerful quake, centered near the Pacific Coast in Oaxaca, was felt hundreds of miles away.
  • At least one person was killed, but damage was minimal.
  • The quake put people on the lookout for a possible tsunami.
  • Oaxaca State has been devastated by earthquakes before.

Another quake, estimated by the U.S.G.S. at 4.9 magnitude, struck the same region Monday night. By early afternoon on Tuesday, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said, there had been 147 aftershocks to the larger quake, and officials warned that more were expected.

Quakes of magnitudes over 7 are major earthquakes capable of widespread, heavy damage. A 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck central Mexico in 2017 killed 355 people in the capital and the surrounding states.

Tuesday’s quake set off a tsunami warning for the Pacific coasts of Mexico and Central and South America. Waves of up to one meter (3.28 ft) were possible on the Mexican coast, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned.

Buildings shook in Mexico City, hundreds of miles away.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of Tuesday’s quake was located 69 km (43 miles) northeast of the town of Pochutla.

It was very shallow, only 26 km (16 miles) below the earth’s surface, which would have amplified the shaking.

Related Posts