Strong Quake Jolts SE Mexico

Strong Quake Jolts SE MexicoStrong Quake Jolts SE Mexico

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck southeastern Mexico on Friday night, with the epicenter in the state of Oaxaca, the US Geological Survey reported. Emergency authorities in the Oaxaca reported "only material damage and no loss of human life" during the earthquake, CNN reported.  There were no immediate reports of injuries in Mexico City, which is about 348 kilometers away from the epicenter of the earthquake. The USGS initially reported a magnitude of 7.5 but revised it downward. Later Friday, a magnitude 5.8 aftershock hit Oaxaca, the USGS tweeted. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported that "based on all available data ... there is no tsunami threat from this earthquake". Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto tweeted that the earthquake was northeast of Pinotepa Nacional, in Oaxaca, and that "protocols have been activated". Two deadly earthquakes struck Mexico in September. A magnitude-8.1 earthquake struck off the southern coast on September 8, killing at least 90. On September 19, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit Mexico City, killing at least 216 people.


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