24 June. A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.4 struck southern Mexico’s Pacific coast on Tuesday, killing at least six people and seriously injuring others in isolated villages, while causing damage to buildings hundreds of miles away in Mexico City.
The epicentre was near Crucecita, in the south-eastern state of Oaxaca, with shock waves felt as far away as Mexico City, some 700 kilometres (430 miles) distant, where it sent frightened residents rushing into the streets.
All the deaths occurred in Oaxaca. A woman died near Crucecita, and four other people died in towns located within 150 kilometres of the epicenter, officials said.
The US Geological Survey reported that the quake struck with a magnitude of 7.4, at a depth of 23 kilometres. After initially publishing a reading of 7.1, the Mexican Seismological Service revised its figure to 7.5.
The quake also caused damage to four hospitals and a clinic, as well as to churches, markets and other buildings, authorities said.
Six hours after the quake, 447 aftershocks had been recorded across the region, the strongest at 4.6 magnitude.