Dead In Mexico Helicopter Crash After Massive Earthquake

7.2 Earthquake strikes south & central Mexico

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In Mexico City, the seismic alarm sounded 72 seconds before tremors were felt, Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said, giving residents time to flee to the streets.

A helicopter attempting to survey damage from a major quake in Mexico crashed and killed 13 people on Friday, authorities said. Navarrete said they were about to begin a tour of the area affected by the quake.

Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera reported "very minor" damage in the capital.

A woman is helped outside, along Reforma Avenue after a 7.2-magnitude quake shook Mexico City, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018.

Mexico has been hit with a prolonged 7.2 magnitude quake.

"Obviously people are afraid", said the emergency response chief for the city of Puebla, Gustavo Ariza.

No preliminary reports of deaths.

A 7.2 magnitude natural disaster struck in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, south of Mexico City, on Friday evening, according to the U.S.

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The tremor did not directly cause fatalities, but damaged dozens of buildings and knocked out power for a million people, authorities said.

Its epicenter was about 140 miles southeast of the origin of the September 19 natural disaster and 275 miles northwest of the origin of a magnitude 8.1 quake that struck on September 7, killing almost 100 people in Oaxaca and the neighboring state of Chiapas. There were no immediate reports of deaths from the quake, which struck at 5:39 p.m.

Many residents, still shaken from the September 19 natural disaster that killed more than 360 people, lingered in the streets instead of returning to their office buildings and homes.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, the head of the local disaster relief agency, Luis Felipe Puente, said.

USGS seismologist Paul Earle said Friday's quake appeared to be a separate tremor, rather than an aftershock of a September 8 natural disaster also centered in Oaxaca, which registered a magnitude of 8.2.

Later, a magnitude 5.8 aftershock hit Oaxaca again.

Mexico, which is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, has suffered numerous serious earthquakes over the years, with at least 10,000 killed in 1985 when a huge quake struck Mexico City.

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