Mexico earthquake: At least one dead after powerful tremors rock capital city and Oaxaca as tsunami warning lifted

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A 7.4 magnitude earthquake has rocked Mexico's southern coast in the state of Oaxaca, triggering a tsunami threat and sending tremors as far as 500 miles away from its epicentre and in the nation's capital city.

At least one person has died and another person was injured, according to president Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Officials recorded more than 100 aftershocks throughout the region.

The US Geological Survey and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration issued tsunami threats for Mexico's coastlines where swells as high as 10 feet above the tide levels were possible.

Those threats were lifted several hours after the morning quake. Waves were reported slightly larger than 2 feet above normal.

Geologists recorded a 7.4 magnitude quake around 11.30am eastern time with an epicentre 7 miles south-southwest of Santa Maria Zapotitlan in the state of Oaxaca.

Aftershocks along the coast and beach resort area of Huatulco continued over the next hour, and streets, buildings and powerlines were captured swaying from tremors in Mexico City.

A fire was reported at a Pemex refinery in Oaxaca. The company reported that at least one man was injured and under medical evaluation.

There have been several earthquakes in the region with a magnitude of 7 or higher within the last 35 years, including a deadly 2017 quake that killed 350 people, and a devastating 1985 quake that killed at least 5,000 people. Thousands of others were injured in those events.

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