A magnitude 6.0 earthquake rattled the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca on Friday night, the country’s National Seismological Service announced. The quake shook buildings in the capital, Mexico City, more than 500 kilometers away.
magnitude 6.0 earthquake rattled the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca on Friday night, the country’s National Seismological Service announced.
The temblor struck at 10:29 p.m. local time (1:29 a.m. ET) and was centered 140 kilometers southwest of the town of Pijijiapan, in Oaxaca. It was felt in several other states, including Chiapas, Guerrero, and Tabasco.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, but the earthquake caused widespread power outages in Oaxaca. The state’s civil protection agency said it was monitoring the situation and would provide updates as needed.
Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said on Twitter that there were no reports of damage in the capital, but that the city’s seismic alert system had been activated.
The earthquake is the latest in a series of temblors that have struck Mexico in recent months. In September 2022, a magnitude 7.7 earthquake killed two people and injured dozens in the states of Michoacan and Colima.
Mexico is located on the Ring of Fire, a zone of tectonic activity that encircles the Pacific Ocean and is responsible for many of the world’s earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
As of Saturday morning, there have been no reports of serious injuries or damage from the earthquake. However, power outages and some minor damage to buildings have been reported in Oaxaca.
The Mexican government has deployed civil protection teams to the affected areas to assess the damage and provide assistance to those who need it.
The earthquake is a reminder of the risks posed by living in a seismically active region. It is important for people to be prepared for earthquakes and to know what to do in case of one.