High intensity 7.1-magnitude earthquake strikes southern Mexico. A magnitude 7.1 earthquake has struck in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, rattling buildings in the country’s capital more than 200 kilometers (124 miles) away.
The tremor struck on Tuesday morning, with Mexico’s National Seismological Service rating its strength at 7.1. The United States Geological Survey (USGS), meanwhile, recorded it as a 7.7 magnitude earthquake. Such a high intensity quake is classified as ‘major’, and can cause serious damage
Preliminar: SISMO Magnitud 7.1 Loc 12 km al SURESTE de CRUCECITA, OAX 23/06/20 10:29:03 Lat 15.68 Lon -96.07 Pf 10 km
The town of La Crucecita, just 20km from the epicenter, show streets strewn with rubble and damage to buildings as photographs.
Loss of life or damage to property details are not available but USGS recrded its intensity rocked 7.7 can bring devastating effect at the epicentre and its raddi of influence.
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In one Mexico City suburb, the seismic waves could be seen literally pulling the ground apart.
Mexico is one of the world’s most seismically-active regions, owing to its position atop several tectonic plates. As a result, the country experiences an average of 40 earthquakes every day, the majority of them minor. Mexico City, however, is built on a dry lake bed, and its soft soil amplifies the effects of any major tremors.