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 military says it killed 62 militants in Somalia with air strikes

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US military says it killed 62 militants in Somalia with air strikes

  • The military’s Africa Command (Africom) said four strikes were carried out on Saturday, killing 34 militants
  • A total of 62 militants have been killed by US military through airstrikes on Saturday and Sunday

NAIROBI: The US military said on Monday it had killed 62 militants in six air strikes on Saturday and Sunday in the vicinity of Gandarsh in Somalia’s south-central Banaadir province.
The military’s Africa Command (Africom) said four strikes were carried out on Saturday, killing 34 militants, and two more on Sunday, which killed 28. “Africa Command and our Somali partners conducted these airstrikes to prevent terrorists from using remote areas as a safe haven to plot, direct, inspire and recruit for future attacks,” Africom said in a statement.