A 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck southern Mexico overnight. The country’s seismic service also announced on Twitter (X) that the epicenter of the earthquake was in the city of Matías Romero in the state of Oaxaca, southern Mexico. Authorities initially reported only property damage.
A representative of the Oaxaca regional government said the earthquake caused damage in several ways. Damage to buildings, including a hospital, was reported in Oaxaca City. There was also a power outage.
Earthquake alert also in Mexico City
An earthquake warning was also sounded in the capital, Mexico City, more than 500 kilometers away, and many people left their homes as a precaution. City Mayor Marti Patrese wrote on the X website that only “light” tremors were felt in the capital, which has a population of 9.2 million. No damage was initially detected.
Mexico is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, where several plates meet. In September 2017, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake killed nearly 370 people, most of them in Mexico City. In 1985, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake killed about 10,000 people.
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