Southern Mexico hit by powerful 7.1 magnitude quake: USGS

Frederick Owens
September 20, 2017

A magnitude 7.1 natural disaster rocked central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least two people, collapsing buildings and scattering rubble on streets less than two weeks after another quake left 90 dead in the country's south.

The quake hit only hours after many people participated in natural disaster drills around the nation on the anniversary of a devastating quake that killed thousands in Mexico City in 1985.

The Mexican Seismological Service said the quake was centred on Axochiapan in the central state of Morelos, some 160km from the capital. There are no immediate reports of casualties, according to AP.

Reuters reported residents hugged each other along Mexico City's central Reforma Avenue as alarms blasted and traffic came to a standstill around the Angel of Independence monument.

Mancera said at least 20 buildings were damaged.

Jorge Lopez, a 49-year-old Spaniard living in Mexico City, said that when it happened he raced to the school where his children aged six and three were. "I really thought the building was going to fall", reporter Emily Green told NPR from Mexico City.

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Officials were running quake drills earlier in the day.

U.S. Geological Survey reported that the moderate quake could be felt throughout the city's Westside and San Fernando Valley, The Telegraph noted.

It's the second major quake the city has experienced this month, after a magnitude 8.1 natural disaster struck off the coast of Mexico on September 8.

Mexico state governor Alfredo del Mazo said the tremor killed at least two people in his state, which borders Mexico City. Volunteers scrambled among the debris, pulling out three survivors and looking for more. Its epicenter was in the state of Puebla, about 80 miles southeast of the capital, Mexico City.

Devastating images from Mexico City.

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