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Mexico earthquake: Strong tremor hits Oaxaca state

A powerful earthquake has hit south-western Mexico, causing buildings to shake in the capital Mexico City, about 350km (217 miles) away.

The epicentre of the 7.2-magnitude tremor was near the town of Pinotepa de Don Luis in Oaxaca state, the US Geological Survey said.

The quake was 24.6km underground.

Some buildings were damaged in Oaxaca, but no deaths were reported. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that there was no tsunami threat.

After Friday’s tremor, thousands of people were seen fleeing buildings in Mexico City as the ground shook.

Some were crying, while others hugged each other on the streets of the capital.

Traffic stopped for a few minutes.

The authorities activated earthquake alert systems in five states, including Mexico City. They urged residents to stay outdoors.

Last September, two devastating earthquakes in Mexico killed hundreds of people.

“Since 19 September we haven’t been that scared,” said shoemaker Luis Rodríguez in Mexico City.

But another woman said: “It is very scary to think your house can fall over you any second.”

There were clouds of dust near buildings already damaged by the September quakes.

Mexico is one of the most seismically active regions in the world, sitting on top of three of the Earth’s largest tectonic plates – the North American, Cocos and Pacific plates.

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