The residents of Southern Mexico were left petrified after experiencing a magnitude 7.4 Earthquake early yesterday morning. The Earthquake was centered twenty miles below the Earth’s surface, where the Mexico resort of Huatulco in Huatulco, Oaxaca is located. The resort came crashing down during the great quake, resulting in one death. This brought the total number of fatalities to five. As buildings swayed, people fled for their lives, trying to find shelter from the crumbling city anywhere possible.
The National Weather Service’s (NWS) Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) initially said that “hazardous” tsunami waves from the quake were possible within 620 miles of the epicenter, along the Pacific coasts of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. (Fox News) This area is no stranger to Earthquakes of this very magnitude, as this location is where four major tectonic plates come together. There have been almost ten earthquakes with a magnitude of seven or higher in the past 35 years in this region of Mexico.
According to Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, no airports or major landmarks were destroyed, but he continues to prepare Mexico for the aftershocks. So far, there have been roughly 140 small aftershock earthquakes following yesterday’s event. The Mexican Red Cross continues to search for and identify possible victims and survivors.