A powerful natural disaster centred near the southern Mexico resort of Huatulco killed at least four, swayed buildings in Mexico City almost 700 kilometres (435 miles) away and sent thousands fleeing into the streets.
The National Civil Protection Coordination immediately issued a tsunami warning after the quake and said "anomalous variations in sea level of up to 113 centimeters [45 inches] are expected over the tidal level". The people were warned to lookout for the possibility of tsunami and landslides.
The quake took place on Tuesday morning with the epicenter located 23 km south of La Crucecita, a seaside town along Oaxaca's Pacific Coast.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) says that the quake occurred as a result of reverse faulting on or near the plate boundary between the Cocos and North American plates.
The Oaxacan Health Services said that general hospitals in Pochutla, Puerto Escondido and Pinotepa Nacional were also damaged and two of these hospitals are dealing with coronavirus patients. Several community hospitals were also damaged.
Security tape alert people of a building damaged by an earthquake in Oaxaca Mexico
Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Murat said a second person was killed in an apparent house collapse in the tiny mountain village of San Juan Ozolotepec, and said a third died in circumstances he did not explain. One worker was injured and the flames were quickly extinguished. No potential tsunami activity is reported.
The national Civil Protection Center reported shortly before midnight that a sixth fatality had been registered in the southern state of Oaxaca, where at least 500 homes were damaged and colonial-era government buildings showed cracks. There had been more than 140 aftershocks, a lot of them small.
In Mexico City, which is 190 miles north of the epicenter, residents were warned with the sound of seismic alarms as a signal to exit the building.
Hours after the quake, several groups of people remained in the streets and sidewalks fearing the aftershocks.
That includes the coasts of Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Mexico.
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