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July 1, 2010
1:45 a.m. PST
Mexico City, Mexico
Call it a double whammy from good ol' Mother Earth on the people of Mexico over the past 24 hours as a large earthquake and powerful hurricane have both hit this heavily populated country.
First, a strong 6.2 earthquake shook southern Mexico early Wednesday morning, reportedly killing one person in Oaxaca and being felt as far away as Mexico City and the states of Veracruz, Puebla, and Guerrero. One person was killed when a beam fell on his head crushing him to death.
The eastern coastal part of Mexico was also hit by Hurricane Alex that blew into the Gulf of Mexico at a Category 2, causing heavy damage and resulting in at least one death.