Southern Mexico was struck by a 5.9-magnitude earthquake early Monday, but it was shorter and less intense than one on Friday in the same area that damaged about 1,000 houses. There no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

It struck approximately 27 miles east of Oaxaca at a depth of 6 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Oaxaca is about 300 miles south of Mexico City. 

The quake was nevertheless strong enough to trigger emergency alarms. It woke up residents as far away as Mexico City and sent them scrambling into the streets.

Friday’s tremors caused tall buildings in Mexico’s capital to sway for over two minutes and revived memories of two earthquakes in September last year that killed several hundred people in Mexico City and other parts of the country. 

No one was killed during last week’s quake, but a military helicopter carrying officials assessing its damage crashed, killing 13 people and injuring a further 15.

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