7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes southern Mexico; 2 dead in helicopter crash

At least 100,000 without power
Posted at 3:58 PM, Feb 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-17 10:53:04-05

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. 

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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:

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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