6.9 magnitude earthquake heavily damages Mexico’s Chiapas state

Published on : Tuesday, July 8, 2014

earthwave-300x225A 6.9 magnitude earthquake shook southern Mexico’s Chiapas state near the border with Guatemala, killing at least one person according to state authorities.

The earthquake struck the region in the early hours at about 7.23 am ET in a mile from Puerto Madero, Mexico, which is on the country’s Pacific coast.

A person died in the Chiapas town of Huixtla, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the north of the epicenter, after a wall fell on him.

Parts of the airport area in Tapachula along with the city having a population of 300,000 people near the Guatemala border were damaged in the quake.


The city was left completely wrecked as lights hung from wires and the streets were covered by debris.

Initially the quake was measured as 7.1 magnitude but was later confirmed by the USGC to be 6.9

The epicentre was 204 kilometers west of Guatemala’s capital, Guatemala City.

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