Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake hits Mexico capital, Oaxaca state
A massive earthquake of a magnitude of 7.2 hit south and central Mexico with the epicenter in the country's Oaxaca state. People in Mexico City and Oaxaca City rushed out of shaking buildings and gathered on the streets. Authorities said no deaths had been reported so far. This comes five months after the deadly earthquake in September that claimed 200 lives. Here's more.
Another major earthquake hits Mexico
No tsunami threat: Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
Mexican Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete said the earthquake caused superficial damage to buildings, suggesting there was no loss of human life. Oaxaca State's Governor Alejandro Murat tweeted they were evaluating the damage but no deaths were reported. He added the power supply to 100,000 people was affected. Meanwhile, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center also stated Mexico faces no tsunami threat from this earthquake.
Earthquake's epicenter on Mexico's Pacific coast
According to the US Geological Survey, the epicenter of the 7.2-magnitude quake was 53km northeast of Oaxaca State's Pinotepa. It had a depth of 24.6km. The epicenter was close to the surfer resort and port town of Puerto Escondido on Pacific coast in Oaxaca.