The earthquake of magnitude 7.5, with epicenter in Crucecita, Oaxaca, left on Tuesday’s morning in the Mexican capital a balance of minor damage to buildings and government headquarters, as well as water and gas leaks, and nervous breakdowns in the public.
Two injured people were reported: an adult who had a high-voltage cable and a minor.
The head of government, Claudia Sheinbaum, said the seismic alert sounded 62 seconds before the movement was felt and that 97.5% of the speakers placed on poles were activated.
According to a report from C5, eight poles, two fences, a cable and a tree were recorded. In addition, three fires and four gas leaks have been reported.
#Actualización ⚠️ Important information about the earthquake recorded on 23/06/20 at 10:29:02. pic.twitter.com/hB7Q3GqMyc
— C5 CDMX (@C5_CDMX) June 23, 2020
At a press conference, Sheinbaum Pardo detailed that they have reports of 32 buildings with «minor damage» to facades, walls and some fences, which are under review by Civil Protection personnel and momentarily evicted.
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One of those properties under review is in Tlalpan 605, where mayor Benito Juárez is inspecting the damage to facades and some walls.
There was also minor damage at four capital government locations: these are the properties of the Water System, the Secretariat of Indigenous Peoples, the Secretariat of Labour, and the Mobility Secretariat.
Of these buildings, Sheinbaum stated that the Water System, in the Central colony of the Cuauthémoc mayor’s office, is the one that requires «a major revision» because it presents «a landslide in the stairwell area».
Properties that were damaged by the September 2017 earthquake and are currently undergoing reconstruction are also being reviewed.
On this, Sheinbaum noted that they are reviewing a property on Xalapa Street in the Roma colony to determine whether after today’s earthquake he still endures reconstruction, «or is permanently demolished».
The earthquake also left some water damage and leakage in city aqueducts, such as Santa Catalina.
#EnVivo ▶️ #Videoconferencia press. #Sismo report from the @C5_CDMX. https://t.co/KvvjwOMhfl
— Claudia Sheinbaum (@Claudiashein) June 23, 2020
As for hospitals, Sheinbaum noted that a health center in the town hall is under review. There was a gas leak at the Women’s Hospital, although it has already been repaired and poses no greater risk. And the Alvaro Obregón Hospital, in the Roma colony, was evicted, but already all the patients returned to the property without further mishap.
About the city’s COVID hospitals, the head of government said there was no need to evacuate them.
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