Southern Mexico rocked by second natural disaster in four days

Lynette PayneFeb 21, 2018

On Friday, a 7.2-magnitude quake cut power supply to 1.3 million homes and businesses in Mexico City and the states of Mexico, Oaxaca, Guerrero and Morelos, according to the authorities.

The state, along with Mexico City, is still reeling from earthquakes that caused widespread damage in September and killed at least 471 people.

A state of emergency has been declared in 33 municipalities of Mexico's southern Oaxaca state following a massive quake that rocked the region, Mexican Civil Protection Service said.

The officials had been heading to survey damage near the epicenter of the quake, located 37 kilometers from the southwestern town of Pinotepa de Don Luis, according to the US Geological Survey. Oaxaca is about 300 miles south of Mexico City.

The quake was felt in Mexico City, where alarm sirens had people springing out of their beds and into the streets.

"So far, no damage has been reported", he said on Twitter.

On Friday, Mexico escaped major destruction from a magnitude 7.2 natural disaster which shook southern and central parts of the country, though 13 people were killed when a helicopter sent to assess the damage crashed.

No one was killed by the seismic event but a helicopter carrying politicians to near the epicenter later crashed, killing 14 people on the ground.

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