OAXACA, Mexico (KGTV) - A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico's southern Pacific coastline Friday, according to USGS.
The earthquake struck in the state of Oaxaca shortly after 3:30 p.m., northeast of the city of Pinotepa de Don Luis. It was originally reported as a preliminary 7.5-magnitude quake, before being downgraded.
A tsunami warning was not been issued for the area, according to NOAA.
Initially Mexico's National Seismological Service reported more than 50 aftershocks in the hour following the earthquake. By 10:33 p.m. the seismological service tweeted that more than 200 aftershocks had occurred.
At least two people were killed when a helicopter carrying Mexico’s interior minister and Oaxaca Gov. Alejandro Murat crashed while serveying damage from the earthquake, according to Reuters. Murat reportedly was not injured.
At least 100,000 people were left without power in Oaxaca and at least 50 homes were damaged by the earthquake as well.
Social media video quickly began circulating online, showing the quake shake structures as far away as Mexico City. In one instance, residents hung on to whatever they could, including a parked car:
— Gustavo Serrano (@gooz25) February 16, 2018
Breaking: Large tremors following magnitude 7.5 earthquake in South Mexico pic.twitter.com/rZO5uYJcP1
— PM Breaking News (@PMBreakingNews) February 17, 2018
We just had an earthquake in Mexico- epicenter in Pinotepa, Oaxaca 7.0 (last I heard) Here in Mexico City people grab on to whatever they can to feel safer. Still unknown what damage has been caused. pic.twitter.com/fYAu8M1Z8p
— Andalalucha (@Andalalucha) February 17, 2018
Just last September a 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit 76 miles outside Mexico City, killing an estimated 200, including 22 school children.
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