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04 Jan 2020 | 11:18 PM UTC

Mexico: 5.8-magnitude earthquake hits Oaxaca January 4

5.8-magnitude earthquake strikes near Santo Domingo Zanatepec (Oaxaca state) on January 4; no initial reports of damages

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Event

The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 5.8-magnitude earthquake approximately 7 km (4 mi) south of Santo Domingo Zanatepec (Oaxaca state) at 22:40 (local time) on Saturday, January 4. According to the USGS, the quake struck at a depth of about 97 km (60 mi). There were no immediate reports of damages or casualties.

Aftershocks are possible in the affected area over the coming hours and days.

Advice

Individuals in the affected area are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks. In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from the windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.