Deadly quake rattles parts of Mexico

Katie Ramirez
June 27, 2020

The death toll from Mexico's 7.5-magnitude natural disaster Tuesday rose to seven, and about 2,000 homes were damaged, local authorities said on Wednesday.

The US Geological Survey said the quake's magnitude was 7.4, revised down from an earlier estimate of 7.7.

According to the national civil protection agency CNPC, the quake injured two people in capital Mexico City, and caused minor damage to 32 buildings there.

The state oil company, Petróleos Mexicanos, was forced to briefly shut down its refinery.

An initial tsunami warning was later reversed.

One of the dead from the quake was a worker at the refinery, who was killed after falling off a high structure.

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Other refineries in the state are operating as normal, Mexican Oil said. Another 11 people were injured. Similarly, the official assured that there is no major damage to structures and ruled out the tsunami warning.

According to the National Seismological Center, the magnitude of the natural disaster was 7.1 and its epicenter was the city of Oaxaca, located in the south of the country. In the past 35 years there were several powerful quakes in the southern and central parts of the country, which caused wide-scale destruction and deaths.

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On Tuesday the country recorded its highest number of cases in a 24-hour period, with 6,288 new infections, according to the Ministry of Health.

Medical staff were evacuated from some hospitals in the capital alongside patients, although those suffering from the coronavirus remained isolated inside the buildings, alongside their caretakers.

Properties were being scarred by vast cracks across partitions and people sought to very clear debris from the streets.

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