Mexico quake death toll rises to seven

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A powerful earthquake has hit southern Mexico's Pacific coast, killing several people with more wounded.
Women walk by a building damaged during a quake, in Oaxaca, Mexico, June 24, 2020. PHOTO: REUTERS

MEXICO CITY (AFP) - The death toll from a powerful earthquake that struck southern Mexico has risen to seven, the Oaxaca state government said on Wednesday (June 24).

The 7.4-magnitude quake, which was followed by more than 1,500 aftershocks, was felt in Mexico City, some 700km away from the epicentre in Oaxaca.

It sent people fleeing their homes and workplaces, and even forced the closure of an oil refinery.

"My condolences - at the moment, there are seven deaths in Oaxaca state," Governor Alejandro Murat said in an interview with Milenio TV.

Murat added that 2,000 homes had been damaged.

First responders were still working to remove debris from a highway, he added.

Earlier, the national civil protection coordinator, David Leon, said 23 people have been injured in the quake.

Mexican Oil said its refinery in Salina Cruz in Oaxaca had been shut down as a precaution after a fire broke out at the plant "that was immediately stifled".

One of the dead from the earthquake was a worker at the refinery, who was killed after falling off a high structure.

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