A powerful earthquake hit Southern Mexico’s coast on Tuesday, shaking hundreds of buildings miles away in Mexico City, sending people out into the streets to flee their homes, and triggering a tsunami warning. There have been no immediate reports of the quake’s casualties, that the U.S. Geological survey to magnitude 7.4. It centers in the State of Oaxaca on the Pacific coast.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that there were no early reports of damage but added that he was still waiting for reports from Oaxaca, a mountainous state where coffee plantations, beach resorts and Spanish colonial architecture are centred. Alberto Ibanez, an Oaxaca City photographer, told Reuters that the quake left a gap in his apartment’s inner wall and knocked books and pots off shelves.
In Mexico City, Reuters witnesses had not seen any initial signs of injury or damage. Public security ministry in the capital said a flyover had shown no fallen buildings. Quakes of magnitudes greater than 7 are major earthquakes that can cause widespread, severe damage. In 2017, an earthquake of 7.1 magnitudes that struck central Mexico killed 355 people in the capital and surrounding states.
So, the Tuesday quake set off a tsunami warning on the Pacific coasts of Mexico and Central America, including Mexico, Guatemala , El Salvador and Honduras, for a distance of 1,000 km (621 miles). Thus, the USGS state Tuesday’s quake’s epicentre situates 69 km (43 miles) northeast of Pochutla city. It was very shallow, just 26 km (16 miles) beneath the surface of the earth. It would have amplified the shaking. Situated at the crossroads of three tectonic plates, Mexico is among the most earthquake-prone countries in the world. Due to its position on top of an ancient lake bed, the capital sees as especially vulnerable.