LA CRUCECITA: A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.4 struck southern Mexico`s Pacific coast, killing at least six people and cutting off isolated villages, as well as causing damage to buildings hundreds of miles away in Mexico City.
The fatalities were near the quake`s centre in Oaxaca, a mountainous state known for its coffee, mescal and Spanish colonial architecture.
A Reuters witness in the tourist town of La Crucecita, which Mexican authorities said was the epicenter of the earthquake, saw anxious residents standing outside their homes on the streets many hours after the tremor as they feared deadly aftershocks.
Many houses were scarred by huge cracks across walls and residents sought to clear debris from the streets, the Reuters witness added. About 200 houses in the area were damaged, including 30 that were badly impacted, a local official said.
“We lost everything in one moment to nature,” said Vicente Romero, an owner of a stationary store whose house suffered vast structural damage. “This is our life`s work.”