Oaxaca (Agenzia Fides) - The bishops of Mexico have spoken out to help those affected by the latest earthquake in the southern state of Oaxaca which caused the death of at least five people.
"We put ourselves under the protective cloak of Our Mother, Santa María de Guadalupe, and at the service of those affected by the earthquake that occurred recently", said the Mexican Episcopal Conference in a tweet on the day of the earthquake on 23 June.
"God will continue to take care of us and protect us", commented Archbishop Pedro Vázquez Villalobos of Antequera Oaxaca. "But here we also have to learn many things, he added, Let's take care of our spaces, our buildings, our homes. It is important we carry out inspections in order to resist these earthquakes".
The 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck shortly before 10:30 am with an epicenter near the tourist town of Huatulco on the Pacific coast in the southern state of Oaxaca.
Two people died in collapsed buildings, while another died from the fall of a wall, said Governor Alejandro Murat. An employee died in the Pemex refinery in Salina Cruz.
A hospital was damaged in Oaxaca and patients, including some being treated for COVID-19, were transferred, the governor said.
The earthquake hit Mexico in a difficult time, when the COVID-19 pandemic is spreading and mainly affects rural regions. In some areas the health system is collapsing, and many people are unsure of going to the hospital, local press reports. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 30/6/2020)