A magnitude 7.4 earthquake in southern Mexico has left at least five people dead, shaken buildings hundreds of miles away in Mexico City, and given rise to fears that a tsunami may hit the resort town over the quake’s epicenter. The earthquake rocked the beach resort city of Huatulco and killed one person there, according to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Another died in the mountain village of San Juan Ozolotepec roughly 20 miles inland, and a third perished in unspecified circumstances, Oaxaca Gov. Alejandro Murat said. Federal authorities announced several hours after the quake that a worker on a Pemex oil refinery in Salina Cruz, 100 miles from Huatulco along the coast, had fallen to his death as a result of the quake. A man in the village of San Agustin Amatengo, 100 miles inland, died when a wall fell on him. The damage across Oaxaca was light to moderate, López Obrador said, with some shattered windows and some collapsing walls. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Huatulco was under threat from a tsunami between 3 and 10 feet high, and Guatemala’s national disaster agency advised residents on the coast to move to high ground.
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