Mexico : at least two people died in a powerful earthquake - The Point

Mexico has to deal with the health crisis of the Covid-19, was shaken on Tuesday 23 June 2020 by a strong earthquake that killed two people, wounded, and rushed

Mexico : at least two people died in a powerful earthquake - The Point

Mexico has to deal with the health crisis of the Covid-19, was shaken on Tuesday 23 June 2020 by a strong earthquake that killed two people, wounded, and rushed out of their homes of hundreds of people frightened. Serious property damage have been recorded following the earthquake of 7.5 on the Richter scale, as measured by the seismological Service national of Mexico, in the late morning. A tsunami warning for the coasts of southern Mexico, Guatemala, el Salvador and Honduras has been triggered.

The epicenter of this earthquake was located in the town of Crucecita, in the State of Oaxaca, in the south of the country, said the institute. It was felt in several districts of the capital Mexico city. It is in Oaxaca that two people have died, including a female victim at a collapse of a facade, according to the governor of this State, Alejandro Murat.

In the same State, two other people were injured in San Juan Ozolotepec, and a third in the refinery of Salina Cruz, whose operations were interrupted for a time due to a fire, according to Alejandro Murat, and the company PEMEX. When the sirens started to howl, hundreds of people took to the streets of Mexico city, some with masks on the face, others short, and not respecting the safety instructions in force during the crisis of the sars coronavirus, have found journalists from the Agence France-Presse. Two people were injured in the capital, according to the mayor.

Buildings shake

office buildings and homes shook for long seconds. Fathers of families were held at arm's length all their children and all departed in the most of the facades of the buildings for fear of collapse. "We confirm that the magnitude was 7.5. Fortunately, we do not have any major damage, " said the president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, while calling for caution in the event of potential aftershocks, in a video posted on social networks.

" there have been landslides, broken glass, awnings have fallen, the barriers also, but nothing serious. The strategic assets have not suffered any damage, in other words, the ports, the airports, the refineries, hydroelectric power plants. Everything is in good condition ", he said. At this stage, 147 aftershocks have already been recorded, the strongest of 4.6, reported the seismological Service. The governor of Oaxaca, Alejandro Murat, said on television Millennium to Crucecita one person was injured and another killed, adding that minor damage were recorded in the State.

The earthquake was felt in various parts of the metropolis of Mexico city, which is home to 22 million people. The mayor of the capital city, Claudia Sheinbaum, said on Twitter that only minor damage had been reported. After the earthquake, the u.s. government has issued a tsunami warning for the mexican coast of the Pacific, central America, Ecuador, Peru, and Hawaii. The alert said that waves up to three meters high could strike an area of 1 000 km around the epicenter.

Virus and earthquake

"As if we didn't have enough to worry about with the virus, and now it's a quake," complained Maria Teresa Duran, 80 years old, in the central district of Del Valle. It deplores the death of one of his sons because of the Covid-19, and another is contaminated. The phenomenon has surprised many of the inhabitants of the capital who, by reason of the pandemic, have been in the habit of working out at home. "We were working in your pajamas after breakfast. Then we had to go out in this outfit in the street, " says Sonia Flores Cano, 29 years old.

The medical staff evacuated the hospitals of the capital, but those with the Covid-19 are remained in isolation. The pandemic has so far resulted in the death of at least 22 584 people and infected at least 185 122 other in Mexico. The last strong earthquake there was in September 2017, with 370 deaths. The 19 September 1985, an earthquake of magnitude of 8.1, one of the most destructive in the history of the country, had hit the mexican capital, killing more than 10 000 people and destroying hundreds of buildings.

Updated Date: 23 June 2020, 17:33

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