Two people dead after southern, central Mexico hit by big quake

In 2017, more than 300 people in the country were killed in a 7.1-magnitude natural disaster.

"Strategic installations didn't suffer any damage, that is to say, ports, airports, refineries, hydroelectric plants, everything is in a good condition", said Lopez Obrador after speaking to David Leon, the national coordinator of Mexico's Civil Protection force.

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Oaxaca state's governor reported a second death.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast a tsunami threat with waves three to 10 feet above tide levels along parts of the coasts of Mexico.

The epicentre was near Crucecita, in the south-eastern state of Oaxaca, with shock waves felt as far away as Mexico City, some 700 kilometres (430 miles) distant, where it sent frightened residents rushing into the streets. "Also as a result of this convergence, the westward-moving Mexico landmass is slowed and crumpled creating the mountain ranges of southern Mexico and earthquakes near Mexico's southern coast".

"Buildings were shaking but I tried not to look at them because it causes you to panic", said Juan Sosa Flores, 61, who was speaking over the wail of ambulance sirens on Paseo de la Reforma, a main street in Mexico City's financial district.

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

The 7.4-magnitude quake struck mid-morning, according to the U.S. It was extremely shallow, only 26 km (16 miles) under the earth's floor, which would have amplified the shaking.

The quake can be felt as far as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

"It was really intense, really strong", she said. Mari González of the Princess Mayev hotel in Huatulco said staff and guests were able to evacuate the building before the quake, but that 45 minutes after the initial quake they were still outside as strong aftershocks continued.

Alberto Ibanez, a photographer in Oaxaca Metropolis, advised Reuters the quake still left a crack in an internal wall in his apartment and knocked guides and pots off cabinets. Sitting on three tectonic plates, the frequency of earthquakes is relatively high, but majority are slight. The capital is seen as specially vulnerable thanks to its site on major of an historical lake mattress.


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