Strong earthquake hits southern Mexico

MEXICO CITY: A powerful earthquake hit the coast of southern Mexico on Tuesday (Jun 23), shaking buildings in Mexico City hundreds of miles away, sending people fleeing their homes into the streets, and triggering a tsunami warning.

There were no immediate reports of casualties from the quake, which the US Geological Survey measured at magnitude 7.4. It was centred on the Pacific coast in the state of Oaxaca.

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The earthquake was centred in the southern state of Oaxaca, the Mexican institute said.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said there were no preliminary reports of damage but added that he was still awaiting reports from Oaxaca, a mountainous state that is home to coffee plantations, beach resorts, and Spanish colonial architecture.

Alberto Ibanez, a photographer in Oaxaca City, told Reuters the quake left a crack in an internal wall in his apartment and knocked books and pots off shelves.

"Everybody fled into the street, it was really strong," Ibanez said.

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Reuters witnesses in Mexico City saw no initial signs of injuries or damage. The capital's public security ministry said a flyover showed "there are no fallen buildings."

Quakes of magnitudes over 7 are major earthquakes capable of widespread, heavy damage. A 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck central Mexico in 2017 killed 355 people in the capital and the surrounding states.

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