Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

13 dead in Mexico plane crash near quake epicentre

13 dead in Mexico plane crash near quake epicentre

The epicenter of the quake, whose initial magnitude was reported at seven.five, was 50 kilometers northeast of Pinotepa, in (wah-HAW-kah) Oaxaca State.

There were no reports of any deaths from the quake, which sent people running into the streets and could be felt 500km away in the capital, Mexico City. The quake, which originated 15 miles deep, sent citizens streaming out into the street after they were order to evacuate following an natural disaster alert. "It's all we can do", 38-year-old publicist Kevin Valladolid told AFP through tears after evacuating from his building in La Roma, in central Mexico City.

"Due to today's quake, electricity supply was cut to 998,000 households and businesses in Mexico City and the states of Mexico, Oaxaca, Guerrero and Morelos", Jaime Hernandez tweeted.

Crowds of gathered in Mexico City as the ground shook from the magnitude 7.2 quake.

"Obviously people are afraid", Puebla emergency response chief Gustavo Ariza said.

On September 7, a magnitude 8.2 natural disaster shook Mexico and killed 96 people mainly in the state of Oaxaca.

Last September, two devastating earthquakes in Mexico killed hundreds of people.

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She said she was still scared thinking of the September 19 quake that caused 228 deaths in the capital and 141 more in nearby states.

There has been no immediate reporting on casualties.

The epicenter was close to the Pacific coast in the southern state of Oaxaca and had a depth of 43km, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

There are no reports on deaths or damages at this point.

There is no tsunami threat.

So far, minor damage to buildings in Oaxaca has been reported.

REUTERS/Edgard Garrido Fallen merchandise is seen on the floor of a shop after an natural disaster in Oaxaca, Mexico February 16, 2018, in this image taken from social media.

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