7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Mexico As Terrified Residents Film Shaking Buildings


A powerful earthquake just rocked southern Mexico. The reports say it was 7.4 magnitude and was felt far from the epicenter.

The quake struck the state of Oaxaca. The closest big city is also called Oaxaca and the early videos show the power of the quake (see videos below).

As of right now, the damage has been minimal but that could rapidly change as more reports filter in.

From The Washington Examiner:

The temblor struck at about 11:30 a.m., according to the U.S. Geologic Survey, which said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.7 but has since adjusted it to 7.4.

The earthquake was a relatively shallow 26 kilometers deep. Typically, the closer an earthquake is to the surface the more damage it can cause.

It is unclear whether Oaxaca has sustained any major damage or if there have been any causalities. The earthquake occurred along the coast, but the National Tsunami Warning Center said it did not believe there to be any threat from Tuesday’s quake.

The earthquake was felt hundreds of miles away in Mexico’s capital of Mexico City, which is located in the central part of the country.