An earthquake measuring 7.4 magnitude hit Mexico’s southern coastline on Tuesday, said CNN.
Officials said the tremor caused buildings to collapse and prompted an evacuation.
The report said, the earthquake’s epicenter was 6.8 miles southwest of Santa María Zapotitlán in Oaxaca state, near El Coyul.
It occurred at 10:29 a.m. local time (PT).
According to the coordinator for Mexico’s National Civil Protection Service, five people were killed.
This isn’t the first earthquake that has hit Mexico, another quake took place just on the other side of the border.
COVID-19 Patients Were Not Spared
The Oaxacan Health Services also reported damages from the quake.
This includes general hospitals in Pochutla, Puerto Escondido and Pinotepa Nacional and a few community hospitals in other areas.
According to Oaxaca state Gov. Alejandro Murat, two of the hospitals with damages have been dealing with coronavirus patients.
“We are verifying [damages] because this hospital is also tending COVID cases on the Oaxacan coast,” Murat said.
Tsunamis Were Triggered
According to the US Geological Survey (USGS) ShakeMap, tsunamis were triggered.
Tsunami waves of 0.68 meters (2.2 ft) were observed in Acapulco and 0.71 meters (2.3 ft) in Salina Cru, said the report.
The US Tsunami Warning System estimated the damage in Oaxaca state is considered light to moderate.
It has revised down its earlier tsunami warning forecasting possible waves of up to a meter (3.3 ft).
USGS said casualties and damage could be fewer than 100 fatalities and less than $100 million in damage.
Earlier estimates put the magnitude of the earthquake at 7.7, but that has been revised down to 7.4.
History Of Tremor
The earthquake could be felt by neighboring countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, said the report.
Mexico is one of the world’s most seismically active regions and has a long history of devastating earthquakes.
The country is located on top of three large tectonic plates and their movement causes regular quakes.
In 2017, two earthquakes rocked the country within two weeks.
It has toppled buildings, cracked highways, and killed hundreds of people. One had a magnitude of 7.1 and the other a magnitude of 8.1.