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Medium intensity quake shakes SW Mexico, scaring residents

Medium intensity quake shakes SW Mexico, scaring residents

The 7.2 magnitude natural disaster hit Mexico's Southern Pacific Coast on Friday at 5:39pm local time, The New York Times reported.

It appeared to be an aftershock of a magnitude 7.2 quake that struck near the same area on Friday. Oaxaca is about 300 miles south of Mexico City.

Residents stand out in the street following a 5.9-magnitude quake in Mexico City early on February 19, 2018.

The helicopter, which was carrying Mexico's interior minister and the state governor, crashed on top of two vans in an open field while trying to land in Santiago Jamiltepec after a tour of the damage from a powerful quake on Friday, officials said.

The head of Mexico's civil protection agency, Luis Felipe Puente, said state emergency procedures had been activated in the affected states. Damage was caused to buildings in Oaxaca, but there were no reports of casualties.

The quake woke residents of Mexico City, with many people running into the streets, Reuters reports.

Mexico has suffered a series of more powerful earthquakes in recent months, including two in September that together killed hundreds of people and brought buildings crashing down.

The natural disaster damaged about 50 homes in Santiago Jamiltepec, as well as the town hall and church, but no one was killed, the interior ministry said.

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