Quake shakes Mexicans out of bed, alarms sound in capital

View of damaged buildings after a previous 7.2 earthquake at the Pinotepa Nacional community, Oaxaca state, Mexico, which struck on the previous Friday. (Alfredo Estrella/AFP)
Updated 19 February 2018
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Quake shakes Mexicans out of bed, alarms sound in capital

MEXICO CITY: A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck southern Mexico early on Monday, sending frightened residents into the streets as seismic alarms echoed across the capital, although there were no immediate reports of damage.
The quake hit 32 km (20 miles) east of Santa Catarina Mechoacan in the state of Oaxaca at a depth of 40 km at 12:57 a.m. (0657 GMT), the US Geological Survey said, revising its strength down slightly from an initial 6.1 magnitude.
The tremor was strong enough to trigger earthquake alarms in Mexico City, more than 200 miles (320 km) away, but was shorter and less intense than one of Friday in the same area that damaged about 1,000 houses.
Many in Mexico City slept through the shaking. Residents who rushed into the streets when the alarms sounded quickly returned to their homes once the quake stopped.
The head of Mexico’s civil protection agency, Luis Felipe Puente, said state emergency procedures had been activated in the affected states.
“So far, no damage has been reported,” he said on Twitter.
Infrastructure, including installations of state oil company Pemex, were intact, he said.
Mexico has suffered a series of more powerful earthquakes in recent months, including two in September that together killed hundreds of people and brought buildings crashing down.


US diplomat found dead in Madagascar — State Department

US State Department building. (Credit: Exit.al)
Updated 8 min 6 sec ago
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US diplomat found dead in Madagascar — State Department

  • he State Department says the person was found in the overnight hours Friday and that diplomatic security and Malagasy authorities are collaborating on an investigation

WASHINGTON: A suspect is in custody after an American diplomat was found dead at home while serving in Madagascar, the US State Department said on Monday.
Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement the US foreign service officer was found during the overnight hours of Friday. She gave no further details.
“Diplomatic Security is collaborating with local Malagasy authorities on a joint investigation and a suspect is currently in custody,” Nauert said, declining to identify the diplomat out of respect for the family and while an investigation is still underway.