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News ID: 13195
Publish Date: 11:43 - 24 September 2017
TEHRAN, September 24 - A powerful earthquake has hit Mexico, killing five people, following two strong quakes that have already killed some 400 people and wrought massive destruction across the Latin American country.


TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - The United States Geological Survey said a magnitude 6.2 quake struck on Saturday at a relatively shallow depth, with an epicenter near Juchitan, a tropical region of Oaxaca State.

Oaxaca had already been hard hit by a massive 8.1-magnitude tremor that struck on September 7.

Another strong earthquake hit Mexico last Tuesday.

The magnitude 7.1 quake flattened dozens of buildings and killed at least 307 people. The September 7 tremor, which was the strongest to hit the country in 85 years, killed at least 98 people.

Search operations for victims and survivors from the last two earthquakes were still ongoing when the Saturday tremor hit.

The two earlier quakes have together caused up to eight billion dollars in damage.

Meanwhile, the Popocatepetl Volcano, which is visible on a clear day to the approximately 20 million people who live in the Mexico City metropolitan region, has started spewing vapor and ash-filled gas after the Saturday quake and an aftershock.

Mexico’s seismological authorities said the Saturday tremor was an aftershock of the September 7 earthquake.

The aftershock was not as destructive as the previous tremors; however, fear is running high among Mexicans. Terrified residents ran into the streets, where they crouched and prayed as earthquake sirens went off.

Two women died of heart attacks as the ground shook, the city government said. Three other deaths were also linked by officials to the earthquake, including a man who was attacked by a swarm of wild bees.

Source: Press TV

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