According to the US Geological Survey, an earthquake of 7.4 magnitude hit southern Mexico on Tuesday. The large-sized earthquake caused buildings to collapse and killed at least 5 people in Mexico City.
The epicentre of the earthquake was in the Pacific coastal state of Oaxaca at 10.29 a.m local time. The US Geological Survey first measured the earthquake to be at a magnitude of 7.7 then lowered it to 7.4.
According to the coordinator for Mexico’s National Civil Protection Service, 5 people have been killed. Also Read– Indonesia’s most unstable volcano spews hot ash
Damage to infrastructure was reported at several hospitals in the city. The Oaxacan Health Services reported damage to general hospitals in Pochutla, Puerto Escondido and Pinotepa Nacional.
Earthquakes of this size tend to do a lot of damage. An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 hit the country in 2017 and killed 355 people in the capital city and some surrounding areas.
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Mexico is considered one of the world most earthquake-prone countries because of its location at the cornerstone of three tectonic plates and an ancient lake bed.