July 1, 2020

A deadly earthquake hit southern Mexico near Oaxaca on Tuesday, killing at least six people (Reuters). The earthquake had a magnitude of 7.4, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (NPR). Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced that 147 aftershocks had occurred before noon (NPR). Additionally, a 4.9 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico in the same region on Monday night (NYT). While the earthquake was powerful, López Obrador reported that no major damage had occurred (NYT).

The earthquake also damaged hospitals in which patients were being treated for COVID-19 (El Universal). Juan Carlos Marquez Heine, deputy director of the Health Services of Oaxaca, stated that the hospitals were currently being checked for any major structural damage (El Universal). López Obrador urged everyone to be cautious of any further seismic activity (NYT). Mexico was last hit by a major earthquake that had an 8.1 magnitude and killed at least 60 people in 2017 (NPR).

Sources:
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-quake/major-quake-shakes-southern-mexico-at-least-six-killed-idUSKBN23U2KD
https://www.npr.org/2020/06/23/882626562/deadly-earthquake-rattles-southern-mexico

https://www.eluniversal.com.mx/estados/sismo-pega-hospitales-en-plena-pandemia