6.3-magnitude Quakes Strikes Mexico, 1 Dead
By Esther Tanquintic-Misa | July 30, 2014 4:50 PM EST
At last one person has died when a 6.3-magnitude quake struck Mexico on Tuesday.
People stand on the street after evacuating an apartment building after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake was felt in Mexico City, July 29, 2014. A magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit southwest of Juan Rodriguez Clara, in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz on Tuesday at a depth of 95 km (60 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damages. The quake was felt in Mexico City, Reuters witnesses said, where it rattled doors and shook light fittings. Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said in a tweet that there were evacuations in the capital, but that after inspection, no damages or injuries were reported. REUTERS/Claudia Daut (MEXICO - Tags: DISASTER)
The fatality was 75-year-old woman who died when she fell and knocked her head on the floor while fleeing her home in Oaxaca. Another woman was injured during evacuation from a hospital. She broke her arm after falling while carrying a child.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck southwest of Juan Rodriguez Clara, in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz at a depth of 95 km (60 miles).
Witnesses told Reuters the temblor was felt also in Mexico City, rattling doors and light fixtures.
Miguel Angel Mancera, Mexico City Mayor, said in a tweet no damages or injuries occurred in his city. "We felt it very hard," Reuters quoted a spokesman for Veracruz state emergency services. "But up until now, we've had no news of damages or injuries."
Authorities from state oil giant Pemex as well as the Laguna Verde nuclear power plant said no damage was recorded in their facilities.
Luis Felipe Puente, national civil protection coordinator, told the Televisa network the damages from the 6.3-magnitude quake were reported in buildings.
In the Oaxaca state cities of Tuxtepec and Loma Bonita, walls and ceilings of buildings and structures reportedly crumbled.
Rosalinda Gonzalez said the shaking was so intense because she saw her baby's crib's mobile moving by itself.
A 5.4-magnitude quake had earlier occurred in the country, just north of the Mexico Guatemala border. Its epicentre was at 125 miles west of Guatemala City, at a depth of 51.3 miles. No significant damage was also reported from the quake.
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