7.4 magnitude earthquake hits Mexico, leading to warnings of a possible Tsunami

A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.4, hit the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

At least two people have been left dead and one injured in the coastal city of Huatulco, as video emerged showing minor damage to streets and buildings.

Security tape alert people of a building damaged by an earthquake in Oaxaca, Mexico,Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Luis Alberto Cruz Hernandez)

Tremors could be felt Tuesday morning in Mexico City, one of the world’s largest megalopolises and sounds of sirens wailing were heard.

Videos posted to social media showed the ground moving and telephone poles swaying in Mexico City, where the shaking drove people out of buildings and into the streets.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that hazardous tsunami waves are possible within 1,000 kilometers of the epicenter, including along the coasts of Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said one person was killed and another injured in a building collapse in Huatulco, Oaxaca. Otherwise he said reports were of minor damage such as broken windows and collapsed walls.

Oaxaca Gov. Alejandro Murat later said a second person was killed in an apparent house collapse in the tiny mountain village of San Juan Ozolotepec.

Juarez public hospital health workers wait on a street after a 7.4 earthquake sent them out from their work areas, in Mexico City, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

In 2017, two powerful earthquakes hit the country in two weeks, toppling buildings, cracking highways and killing hundreds of people. One had a magnitude of 7.1 and the other a magnitude of 8.1.

Mexico City is particularly vulnerable to earthquakes because it has very soft and wet ground. This nature of the ground amplifies shaking and is prone to liquefaction, in which dirt transforms into a dense liquid when sufficiently churned.

Sources: CNN, Fox News

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