Updated: 2/19/2018 8:59:22 AM
A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck southern Mexico early today, but it was shorter and less intense than one that struck in the same area, damaging about 1,000 houses, on Friday. There are no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The quake triggered emergency alarms and jarred awake residents as far away as Mexico City who scrambled into the streets.
Published Saturday, February 17, 2018
A prolonged 7.2 magnitude quake has rocked Mexico and left nearly a million homes and businesses without power in the capital and south but the only reported deaths came when a military helicopter crashed after surveying the aftermath.
The epicentre was close to a resort on the Pacific coast in Oaxaca and had a depth of 24.6 kilometres and had a depth of 24.6 km, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
At least two people died when a helicopter carrying Mexico's Interior Minister and the Governor of Oaxaca crashed while trying to land after a tour of damage from the earthquake, officials said. The senior officials survived.
Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete said Friday's quake caused some superficial damage to buildings in Oaxaca, but no deaths from the quake had been reported.
At least 50 homes suffered damage in the southern state of Oaxaca, which, along with Mexico City, is still reeling from earthquakes that caused widespread damage in September.
The powerful, sustained shaking on Friday gave way to 225 aftershocks, the national seismology service said, and caused widespread panic.
In Mexico City, the seismic alarm sounded 72 seconds before tremors were felt, Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said, giving residents time to flee to the streets.
The Oaxacan town of Jamiltepec appeared to sustain the heaviest impact in the southern region, with 50 homes damaged along with a church and government building, the state’s civil protection agency said.
Patients were evacuated from a hospital there and from another in the nearby town of Putla Villa de Guerrero. On a local highway, a fire ignited when two high-tension electric cables struck each other.
About 100,000 people in Oaxaca had lost power, the state’s governor said.