At the moment, six deaths are reported in the area near the epicenter, as well as damage to hospitals, roads and electric service.
Following the 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Oaxaca, southern Mexico, the U.S. issued a tsunami warning for Central America on Tuesday.
The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) explained in a report that waves of one to three meters can hit in some areas of the coast of southern Mexico. Meanwhile, tides of 0.3 to one meter could affect the coast of Ecuador.
Meanwhile, on the coasts of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Hawaii,Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Kiribati, Palmyra Island or Jarvis Island could reach waves of less than half a meter.
In addition, the Tsunami Warning Center of the Mexican Navy-Ministry Ministry (SEMAR) reported that “abnormal sea level variations of up to 113 centimeters above tide level” are expected in the country.
Six deaths in the epicenter area
The epicenter of the earthquake in southern Mexico has been located about 12 kilometers from the town of Crucecita, in the state of Oaxaca. By estimating its effects, it has been categorized as “strong earthquake”.
In a statement issued at 4 p.m., the National Civil Protection Coordination (CNPC) reported that four fatalities were reported in Oaxaca, as well as two wounded in the southwestern state of the country and two more injured in Mexico City.
Later, the governor of Oaxaca, Alejandro Murat, confirmed to local media about the death of others, for a total of six fatalities.
In addition, there were concerns of electricity service in Oaxaca and Mexico City.
The last major earthquakes in Mexico were in 2017. On 7 September of that year, an earthquake of magnitude 8.2, with epicenter in the state of Chiapas (south), left 96 fatalities and caused serious material damage.
Twelve days later, on September 19, another earthquake of magnitude 7.1 caused the loss of at least 217 people and countless destructions in the Mexican states of Oaxaca, Puebla and Morelos, as well as in the capital of the country.