Mexico quake: Helicopter crashes killing 13

Families mourn the dead after helicopter crash

Residents who rushed into the streets when the alarms sounded quickly returned to their homes once the quake stopped.

The United States Geological Survey said its magnitude was 5.9 and it struck at a depth of 40.2 kilometers (25 miles), some 32 kilometers (20 miles) northeast of the town of Santa Catarina Mechoacan in Oaxaca state at 0657 GMT.

On Friday, a 7.2-magnitude natural disaster cut power supply to 1.3 million homes and businesses in Mexico City and the states of Mexico, Oaxaca, Guerrero and Morelos, according to the authorities.

Many in Mexico City slept through the shaking.

Recovery efforts are still being carried out in Oaxaca as well as Mexico City after strong earthquakes in September killed several hundred people and toppled buildings.

The helicopter, which was carrying Mexico's interior minister and the state governor, crashed on top of two vans in an open field while trying to land in Santiago Jamiltepec after a tour of the damage from a powerful quake on Friday, officials said.

No deaths were reported in the quake but at least 1,000 homes were damaged.

The head of Mexico's civil protection agency, Luis Felipe Puente, said state emergency procedures had been activated in the affected states.



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