Helicopter with minister, Governor crashes in Mexico, kills 13

Helicopter with minister, Governor crashes in Mexico, kills 13

The state, along with Mexico City, is still reeling from earthquakes in September that killed at least 471 people and caused widespread damage.

A powerful 7.5-magnitude natural disaster hit Oaxaca, Mexico, on Friday evening, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It said the epicentre was 53 kilometres northeast of Pinotepa in southern Oaxaca state.

At least two people were killed when the helicopter carrying Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete and Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Murat came crashing down as the pilot tried to land.

"Mexico has a lot of earthquakes because part of the Pacific Ocean is being pushed underneath the continent along the Mexican Coast", Dr. Lucy Jones, former seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, told reporters.

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Around 100 people were killed in Oaxaca in early September when an 8.2-magnitude quake struck the region, destroying many houses. Later Friday, a magnitude 5.8 aftershock hit Oaxaca.

The quake was also felt 500 kilometers away in the capital Mexico City, with many people running out onto the streets as warning sirens sounded.

So far, no loss of lives have been reported, but it is being said that several buildings have been damaged with cracked walls. The Sept. 19 natural disaster struck closer to Mexico City.

The natural disaster came less than six months after two quakes killed hundreds of people in the country.

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A strong natural disaster shook southern and central Mexico on Friday, causing panic less than six months after two devastating quakes that killed hundreds of people. A 7.1-magnitude tremor in densely populated central Mexico killed and injured hundreds last September.

People stand on the street after an natural disaster shook buildings in Mexico City, Mexico, February 16, 2018.

President Enrique Pea Nieto said the National Civil Protection system protocols had been activated.

Two deadly earthquakes had struck Mexico in September 2017, reports CNN. Another person died later in hospital.

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