The governor of the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca stated on Tuesday that at least one person has been killed and another has been injured following a 7.4-magnitude earthquake that shook Mexico on earlier this day.
"The hospital in Huatulco is damaged, it will be necessary to move patients. According to preliminary information, one person has died after the facade of a building collapsed, another one was injured," Alejandro Murat Hinojosa said as cited by Canal 6.
Videos and photos that have appeared on social media show people rushing on the streets from their homes after city alarms alerted residents minutes before the tremors.
Following the quake, US National Tsunami Warning Centre issued a tsunami warning for Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador.
Earthquake in Mexico City- still occurring - not sure where epicenter is nor if there is any real damage pic.twitter.com/KDAou9YhPG— 𝓐𝓷𝓭𝓪𝓵𝓪𝓵𝓾𝓬𝓱𝓪 (@Andalalucha) June 23, 2020
A Sputnik correspondent in La Crucecita described the jolts as mild.
Se sintió muy fuerte temblor en Puebla Sismo Mexico 23 de Junio 2020 pic.twitter.com/MFAgSGrOUb— Nury Freitez (@Nuryfreitez) June 23, 2020
The epicentre of the earthquake was 7.4 miles southeast of the city of La Crucecita in the state of Oaxaca.
A local newspaper, Oaxacaes Noticia, reported that the tremor had also damaged several buildings in La Crucecita. Photos published by the daily showed scattered chunks of concrete. City police are cordoning off affected buildings and closing roads.