Death toll from Mexico's 7.5-magnitude quake reaches 7

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People gather outside buildings after an earthquake was felt in Mexico City Mexico

A strong natural disaster hit Mexico on Tuesday in the southern state of Oaxaca, nearly three years after a tremor in the central state of Puebla killed more than 300 people.

The US Geological Survey reported that the quake struck with a magnitude of 7.4, at a depth of 23 kilometers.

Earlier readings measured a magnitude of 7.7, but it has been revised to 7.4.

The Oaxacan Health Services said that general hospitals in Pochutla, Puerto Escondido and Pinotepa Nacional were also damaged and two of these hospitals are dealing with coronavirus patients.

"We are verifying [damages] for the reason that this hospital is also tending Covid situations on the Oaxacan coast", he stated on a radio job interview with Radio Fórmula.

The fatalities were near the quake's epicentre in the mountainous state, Oaxaca - known for its coffee, mescal and Spanish colonial architecture.

The first death was reported after a structure collapsed just east of Huatulco, a popular tourist destination.

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A second person was killed in an apparent house collapse in the tiny mountain village of San Juan Ozolotepec, Murat said. One worker was injured from the incident. The estimate, however, does not include the impact of potential tsunamis on the coastline.

Ports, airports and refineries were not damaged, he said in a video-recorded phone conversation with his civil defence chief. The President, however, urged everyone to pay attention to further seismic warnings and remain calm. Sitting on three tectonic plates, the frequency of earthquakes is relatively high, but majority are slight.

Debris was strewn across some sidewalks in Mexico City, more than 400 miles away, as plaster from building facades crumbled and tiles were shaken loose.

People brace themselves against wall during natural disaster.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a tsunami alert for Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said tsunami waves of around 70 centimeters were observed in Salina Cruz in the state of Oaxaca and in nearby Acapulco.

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