Magnitude 7.4 quake rattles Mexico capital
A strong earthquake has hit southern Mexico, shaking buildings in the centre of the capital Mexico City hundreds of kilometres away, and sending people fleeing their homes into the streets.
The US Geological Survey said the quake's magnitude was 7.4, revised down from an earlier estimate of 7.7.
The earthquake was centred in the Pacific coastal state of Oaxaca.
Reuters witnesses in Mexico City saw no initial signs of injuries or damage.
It was felt in Guatemala and throughout south and central Mexico.
In Huatulco, a laid-back beach destination known for surfing and small protected coves, the earthquake knocked goods off shelves and some rubble from buildings.
Mari González of the Princess Mayev hotel in Huatulco said staff and guests were able to evacuate the building before the quake, but that 45 minutes after the initial quake they were still outside as strong aftershocks continued.
"It was strong, very strong," she said.
González said there was some visible broken glass and mirrors, but no major damage. The staff was waiting for the aftershocks to dissipate before fully evaluating the property.
Local news media reported damage to some buildings in the state capital, Oaxaca city. State officials said they were looking for damage.
The USGS estimated that some 2 million people felt strong or moderate shaking and another 49 million felt weak or light shaking.
A 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck central Mexico in 2017 killed 355 people in the capital and the surrounding states.
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