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The Latest: 50 homes damaged after Mexico quake

February 17, 2018

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The latest on the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that hit southern Mexico (all times local):

11:25 a.m.

Mexican authorities are reporting damage in a southern town from Friday’s magnitude 7.2 earthquake.

The Interior Department said in a statement Saturday morning that 50 homes suffered major 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.

Oaxaca state prosecutors also raised the death toll to 13 after a military helicopter carrying officials who were assessing quake damage crashed. All the victims were on the ground at the time of the accident, and fifteen people were injured.

The aircraft was carrying Interior Secretary Alfonso Navarrete and Oaxaca Gov. Alejandro Murat, neither of whom had serious injuries

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7:55 a.m.

A military helicopter carrying Mexico’s interior secretary and a state governor who were assessing damage from a powerful earthquake has crashed in the southern state of Oaxaca, killing two people on the ground.

Mexico’s Interior Department says Secretary Alfonso Navarrete and Oaxaca state Gov. Alejandro Murat were evaluating reports of damage from Friday’s quake when their helicopter crashed near the city of Pinotepa Nacional.

President Enrique Pena Nieto said via Twitter that both officials and crew were fine, but some people on the ground had been killed or injured. The Interior Department put the death toll at two.

A magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook south and central Mexico on Friday, causing people to flee swaying buildings and office towers in the country’s capital. There were no reports of severe damage.

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