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Deadly quake strikes southern Mexico

As of Thursday, June 24, the death toll from the 7.4-magnitude earthquake that struck southern Mexico at 10:29 a.m. Tuesday had risen to ten.

The epicenter of the quake was seven miles west of Santa María Zapotitlán in the state of Oaxaca, according to the U.S. Geological Society. Oaxaca state Governor Alejandro Murat said the earthquake affected more than 5,000 homes in 117 municipalities.

The quake was felt across many parts of central Mexico, including 200 miles away in Mexico City, where buildings shook and people ran into the street. Some 30 buildings suffered damage, media in the capital reported.

The area surrounding Huatulco, Oaxaca’s most popular beach resort, suffered widespread damage, with many homes and buildings reduced to rubble. Several important archaeological sites in the state were also damaged.

In the wake of the quake a tsunami warning was issued for the southern Mexico and central American coastlines. Significant variations in the sea level were reported in the quake area on Tuesday.

Almost 450 aftershocks were registered in the 24 hours following the quake.

Residents in several parts of southern Jalisco reported feeling the quake, although there were no damages in this state.

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