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A city of southeast Mexico south-southwest of Veracruz. It was founded c. 1490 as an Aztec garrison post and was conquered by the Spanish in 1521.


(wəˈhɑːkə; Spanish oaˈxaka)
1. (Placename) a state of S Mexico, on the Pacific: includes most of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec; inhabited chiefly by Indians. Capital: Oaxaca de Juárez. Pop: 3 432 180 (2000). Area: 95 363 sq km (36 820 sq miles)
2. (Placename) a city in S Mexico, capital of Oaxaca state: founded in 1486 by the Aztecs and conquered by Spain in 1521. Pop: 483 000 (2005 est). Official name: Oaxaca de Juárez


(wəˈhɑ kə, wɑ-)

1. a state in S Mexico. 3,220,895; 36,375 sq. mi. (94,210 sq. km).
2. the capital of this state, in the central part. 212,818.
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Mexico, United Mexican States - a republic in southern North America; became independent from Spain in 1810
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The Oaxaca state prosecutor's office said in a statement that five women, four men and three children were killed at the crash site and another person died later in hospital.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Mexican Civil Protection Service said that a state of emergency was declared in 33 municipalities of Mexico's Southern Oaxaca state following a massive earthquake that rocked the region.
The Oaxaca state prosecutor's office said the chopper crashed into a group of people who had been spending the night outside after a powerful 7.
Jorge Morales, a local reporter who was aboard the helicopter when it crashed Friday night, described harrowing moments as the pilot lost control and the helicopter attempted to touch down in a swirl of dust in Jamiltepec, a city in Oaxaca state close to the epicenter of the earthquake that struck earlier Friday.
The helicopter smashed into the vehicles while trying to land in a field near Santiago Jamiltepec in Oaxaca state.
The chopper was carrying Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete and Oaxaca state Governor Alejandro Murat, who were unharmed, President Enrique Pena Nieto said.
Mexico's interior department said the helicopter was carrying the interior minister, Alfonso Navarrete, and the Oaxaca state governor, Alejandro Murat.
Geological Survey says Friday's second tremor was centered near the earlier quake in Mexico's Oaxaca state.
7 earthquake is the extended delay in the reopening of the Antonio Dovali Jaime oil refinery at Salina Cruz, also in Oaxaca state.
1 magnitude earthquake Saturday morning was centred in Oaxaca state near Matias Romero, a town about 275 miles southeast of Mexico City, the US Geological Survey said.
2 magnitude shocks centred on Juchitan, in Oaxaca state, which had also been hit by a major quake on September 7.
The United States Geological Survey said the new quake was relatively shallow and hit near Juchitan, which is a tropical region of Oaxaca state hard hit by another major earthquake on Sept 7.