Powerful earthquake shakes Mexico City

Earthquake Strikes Southern Mexico

In Mexico City, tall buildings swayed for more than a minute as seismic alarms sounded throughout the city, and tremors were felt as far away as Guatemala to the south.

"We're stressed out, we have flashbacks".

The US Geological Survey initially gave the quake's magnitude as 7.5, later revising it down to 7.2, and located its epicentre 37km northeast of Pinotepa de Don Luis, in the southwestern state of Oaxaca. "She didn't say anything", Gutierrez said of her granddaughter.Gutierrez managed to leave her ground floor apartment before the quake began. When I opened my eyes, I saw her eyes in terror.

The force of the temblor swayed buildings in Mexico City, according to the Associated Press.

"Obviously people are afraid", said the emergency response chief for the city of Puebla, Gustavo Ariza.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has said that Mexico's National Civil Protection system protocols have been activated.

Pictures on social media showed minor damage to roads and some buildings, but there were no reports of injuries. In Oaxaca, Gov. Alejandro Murat said via Twitter that damage was being evaluated, but there were deaths reported so far. The September 19 natural disaster struck closer to Mexico City.

That included reports of a wall that collapsed in the upscale Condesa neighborhood, which was hit hard by last year's quakes. Later Friday, a magnitude 5.8 aftershock hit Oaxaca, the USGS tweeted.

The latest tremor comes less than six months after last year's devastating earthquakes in central and southern Mexico.

The U.S. Geological Survey originally put the magnitude of Friday's quake at 7.5 but later lowered it to 7.2.

A powerful natural disaster has shaken south and central Mexico, causing people to flee buildings and office towers in the country's capital, and setting off quake alert systems.

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