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

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

"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.

Earlier estimates put the magnitude of the quake at 7.7, but the USGS revised the magnitude down to 7.4.

According to Mexico's national seismological service, Tuesday's quake took place about 14 miles off the Pacific Ocean, south of the town of Crucecita.

Readings vary, but Mexico's National Seismological Service reported it as a 7.1 magnitude quake.

Mexico's civil protection agency said the death toll from the natural disaster was four.

Debris was strewn across some sidewalks in Mexico City, more than 400 miles away, as plaster from building facades crumbled and tiles were shaken loose.

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.

A man removes rubble from a building damaged by an earthquake in Oaxaca Mexico
A man removes rubble from a building damaged by an earthquake in Oaxaca Mexico

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".

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

The USGS estimated that some 2 million people felt strong or moderate shaking and another 49 million felt weak or light shaking across Mexico, as well as in Guatemala.

The quake was felt in Guatemala and throughout south and central Mexico.

"It was really intense, really strong", she said.

Gonzalez said there was some visible broken glass and mirrors, but no major damage.

Two people were injured and more than 30 buildings in the capital suffered damage, officials said, including buildings still scarred from a 2017 quake that killed 355 people in the capital and the surrounding states. The staff was waiting for the aftershocks to dissipate before fully evaluating the property. The capital is seen as particularly vulnerable due to its location on top of an ancient lake bed.

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