Strong 7.5 natural disaster hits Mexico

Isaac Cain
February 17, 2018

She stayed in place, but felt more prepared.

A 7.2-magnitude quake shook Mexico City on Friday (Feb 16) in a prolonged rumble felt across the capital, according to the US Geological Survey. A magnitude 8.2 quake on September 7 killed almost 100 people in Oaxaca and neighboring Chiapas.

Australian teacher Benjamin Reid, who is working at an global school in Mexico City, said he was running up the stairs of his 10-storey apartment building when the tremors struck and he initially dismissed them as dizziness from the exercise.

Mercedes Rojas Huerta wasted no time running barefoot out of her home in Mexico City's Condesa neighborhood when she heard the quake alarm on Friday.

"I left the phone and everything except for my shoes and the baby", she said. "The house is old".

In Mexico's capital, frightened residents flooded into the streets in Condesa, including one unidentified woman wrapped in just a towel, but there were no immediate signs of damage.

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On September 7 past year, an 8.2 quake shook the nation and killed 96 people, mostly in the state of Oaxaca.

The epicentre was close to the Pacific coast in the southern state of Oaxaca near Mexico City and had a depth of 43km, according to the US Geological Survey.

About an hour after the quake, a magnitude 5.8 aftershock centered southern Mexico caused tall buildings in Mexico City to briefly sway again.

USGS seismologist Paul Earle said Friday's natural disaster appeared to be a separate temblor, rather than an aftershock of a September 7 quake also centered in Oaxaca, which registered a magnitude of 8.2.

Emergency management authorities said there were no reports of major damage so far. But it added that shelters had been opened for those fleeing damaged homes.

Officials in affected states said they were inspecting buildings damaged by last year's quakes, which are especially vulnerable to collapse.

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