A strong earthquake on the Pacific Coast rocked southern Mexico and Central America, killing at least five people and damaging homes, hospitals and churches.
Citing Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Murat, Xinhua reported that 76 people died in the state, with most of them in the region of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, where the worst impact was felt.
"We are united in facing this humanitarian crisis", Murat said.
The defense and navy ministries had organized an airlift to Oaxaca and neighboring Chiapas and were bringing in heavy machinery to remove rubble, presidency spokesman Eduardo Sanchez told Televisa.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the 6.9 magnitude quake was centered eight kilometers northeast of Puerto Madero, Mexico, near the Guatemala border. However, its greater depth and distance kept the capital from being more serious damaged. The tremor brought memories of a 1985 earthquake in Mexico City that killed thousands.
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