A policeman standing in front of a partially collapsed building after an earthquake in Oaxaca, Mexico [Luis Alberto Cruz Hernandez/AP Photo]

A powerful earthquake centred near the southern Mexico resort of Huatulco killed at least four, swayed buildings in Mexico City nearly 700 kilometres (435 miles) away and sent thousands fleeing into the streets.

Mexico’s civil protection agency said the death toll from the earthquake was four.

The fatalities were near the quake’s epicentre in the mountainous state, Oaxaca – known for its coffee, mescal and Spanish colonial architecture.

Rockfalls blocked the winding mountain roads between the state capital of Oaxaca City and the coast. A clinic and other buildings in hill villages near the epicentre were severely damaged, images on social media

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