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7.2 magnitude earthquake shakes southern Mexico

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Mexico appeared Saturday to have escaped major destruction after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake rattled the country, but it rekindled fears in a population that still sees daily reminders of deadly earthquakes that struck five months ago.

The Interior Department said in a statement that 50 homes suffered significant structural damage in Santiago Jamiltepec, Oaxaca state, along with other damage to the city hall and main church. The national electricity commission said nearly 1 million users lost power, but it was expected to be restored over the course of the day.

But a military helicopter carrying officials assessing damage from the quake crashed in the country’s south late Friday, killing 13 people and injuring 15, all of them on the ground. (AP)



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People react after an earthquake shook buildings in Mexico City, Mexico, Feb.16, 2018. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters)


A woman carries her newborn son outside the hospital seriously damaged by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Santiago Jamiltepec, Oaxaca state, Mexico on February 17, 2018. Feb.17, 2018. (Photo: Patricia Castellanos/AFP/Getty Images)


A soldier observes the remains of the military helicopter that fell on a van in Santiago Jamiltepec, Oaxaca state, Mexico, on Feb.17, 2018. (Photo: Patricia Castellanos/AFP/Getty Images)


TOPSHOT – A relative cries next to the victims’s coffins after a military helicopter fell on vehicles in Santiago Jamiltepec, Oaxaca state, Mexico, on Feb.17, 2018. (Photo: Patricia Castellanos/AFP/Getty Images)


Soldiers stand guard next to the remains of the military helicopter that on a van fell in Santiago Jamiltepec, Oaxaca state, Mexico, on Feb.17, 2018. (Photo: Patricia Castellanos/AFP/Getty Images)


People stand along Reforma Avenue after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake shook Mexico City, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo: Marco Ugarte/AP)


A patient is evacuated from a hospital during a powerful earthquake in Mexico City on Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo: Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images)


People wait outside their offices and vehicles after an earthquake, in Mexico City, Mexico, Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo: Sashenka Gutierrez/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)


People react after an earthquake shook buildings in Mexico City, Mexico, Feb.16, 2018. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters)


People stand on the street after an earthquake shook buildings in Mexico City, Mexico, Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo: Claudia Daut/Reuters)


People react after an earthquake shook buildings in Mexico City, Mexico, Feb.16, 2018. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters)


A woman holds her dog in the aftermath of a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that shook Mexico City, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo: Marco Ugarte/AP)


A man stands between cars after an earthquake shook buildings in Mexico City, Mexico, Feb.16, 2018. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters)


People walk down the center of a street in the Roma neighborhood after an earthquake shook Mexico City, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo: Rebecca Blackwell/AP)


A woman embraces a boy as a powerful earthquake rocks Mexico City on Feb.16, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images)


Women stand in the street during a powerful earthquake in Mexico City on Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo: Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images)


People react after an earthquake shook buildings in Mexico City, Mexico, Feb.16, 2018. (Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters)


People and their dogs remain on a street during a powerful earthquake in Mexico City on Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo: Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images)


A patient is evacuated from a hospital during a powerful earthquake in Mexico City on<br /> Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo: Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images)


Fallen merchandise is seen on the floor of a shop after an earthquake in Oaxaca, Mexico, Feb. 16, 2018, in this image taken from social media. (Photo: Humberto Ramos via Reuters)