Helicopter Crashes After 7.2-magnitude Earthquake Rocks Mexico

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Hours after a strong 7.2-magnitude earthquake rocked south and central Mexico on Friday, two authorities officers had been concerned in a lethal helicopter crash whereas surveying the harm.

At the very least two individuals had been killed when the helicopter carrying Inside Minister Alfonso Navarrete and Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Murat got here crashing down because the pilot tried to land.

The senior officers weren’t severely harmed within the accident, which occurred simply hours after the quake left buildings in Mexico Metropolis swaying for greater than two minutes.

The quake’s epicenter was 33 miles northeast of Pinotepa in Oaxaca state, with a depth of 15 miles. There have been no quick studies of deaths from the earthquake, which struck at 5:39 p.m.

Crowds spilled out onto the streets of Mexico Metropolis, the place residents had been nonetheless jittery after a devastating quake in September killed 369 individuals within the nation’s central area.

“It was terrible,” stated Mercedes Rojas Huerta, 57. She was sitting on a bench outdoors her dwelling in Mexico Metropolis’s fashionable Condesa district on Friday, too frightened to return inside. “It began to shake; the automobiles had been going right here and there. What do I do?”

About an hour after the quake, a magnitude 5.eight aftershock additionally centered in Oaxaca prompted tall buildings in Mexico Metropolis to briefly sway once more.

Mexican Civil Safety chief Luis Felipe Puente tweeted that there have been no quick studies of damages from the quake.

The Oaxaca state authorities stated by way of Twitter that solely materials damages had been reported close to Pinotepa and Santiago Jamiltepec, however that shelters had been opened for these fleeing broken properties.

The Mexico Metropolis Crimson Cross stated that the facade of a constructing collapsed in Mexico Metropolis’s Condesa neighborhood, which was hit laborious on Sept. 19. A video confirmed individuals strolling via a mud cloud. However reporters on the scene later discovered no proof of a collapse on the location given.

With Information Wire Companies

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