7.4 Earthquake Rocks Southern Mexico

A powerful magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck southern Mexico’s Pacific coast on June 23, killing at least six people, cutting off isolated villages, and causing tremors hundreds of kilometers away.

The fatalities were near the quake’s epicenter in Oaxaca, a mountainous state known for its coffee, mescal and Spanish colonial architecture.

Rockfalls blocked the winding mountain roads between the state capital and the coast. Several old churches, a clinic, and other buildings in hill villages near the epicenter were severely damaged, images on social media showed.

The dead included a worker from the state oil company, who suffered a bad fall, Mexico’s civil protection agency said.

Buildings hundreds of miles away in Mexico City shook strongly, and people ran out into the streets when an early warning seismic alarm sounded. Two people were injured and more than 30 buildings in the capital suffered damage, officials said.

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