A 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck Oaxaca effecting Southern and Central Mexico on Tuesday morning
The quake started 14 miles south of Crucecita, a coastal town in Oaxaca, at 10:29 a.m. local time. Many buildings were destroyed, causing residents to flee their homes and offices to seek safety.
Tuesday afternoon, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said there had been 147 aftershocks and officials warned that there would be more.
Alejandro Murat, the governor of Oaxaca, said two people had been killed, and more were seriously injured.
In an interview he said one person died in Crucecita and the other in San Juan Ozolotepec.
The country is still dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, and in some places, the aftermath of another semi-recent earthquake.
In 2017, at least 90 people were killed after an 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck in the middle of the night, affecting the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas and generating a tsunami. Aftershocks continued for several days, and many weeks later, a separate quake near Mexico City killed at least 248 people, including children who were buried under a school.