Mexico is still staggering under extensive damage caused by the earthquakes in September and before it could recover from that damage, another earthquake hit the country on Friday.
The 7.2 magnitude quake left almost a million homes and businesses without power but there was no direct loss of life related to the earthquake. The seismic alarm that blared 72 seconds before tremors were felt gave the residents ample of time to flee their homes and in to the streets.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter was 145 km from Pacific coast in the southern state of Oaxaca and had a depth of 24.6 km.
The town of Oaxacan in South sustained considerable impact. Fifty homes along with a church and a government building were left damaged and around 100,000 people had lost power. The prolonged and forceful shaking resulted in 225 aftershocks, causing widespread panic.
While patients had to be evacuated from a hospital in Oaxacan and Putla Villa de Guerrero, fire ignited when two high-tension electric cables struck each other on a local highway. A hospital was also damaged and a collapsed structure blocked a major highway. Tremors were felt as far away as Guatemala in the south.
In Mexico City, tall buildings wobbled as the alarms sounded, with older structures in Condesa knocking into each other as some cracks appeared the in plaster and paintwork.
Mexico’s disaster prevention agency reported that the Popocatepetl volcano released ash in a kilometer-high column into the sky.
Although no deaths were caused due to the earthquake, officials said that two people died when a helicopter carrying Mexico’s interior minister and the governor of Oaxaca crashed while trying to land. They were on a tour to assess the damage from the earthquake. The senior officials survived.