Published: Sat, February 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Powerful 7.5-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Mexico

Powerful 7.5-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Mexico

On September 19, an quake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale devastated Mexico City, causing the collapse of buildings across the metropolis and killing at least 360 people.

A powerful quake has shaken buildings in south and central Mexico.

There were no immediate reports of injuries in Mexico City, which is about 348 kilometers (216 miles) away from the epicenter of the quake.

Then on September 19 - the 32nd anniversary of a huge 1985 quake that killed 10,000 people - another 7.1 quake rocked the country, leaving 369 people dead. The district is the site of numerous collapsed and badly damaged buildings from last year's temblor.

The Mexico City Government reminded residents via Twitter to check for damage, close gas valves, and disconnect energy sources.

The U.S. Geological Survey has since downgraded the magnitude to 7.2.

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In a previous report the SSN had given a preliminary magnitude of 7 and a different location from the epicenter.

Mexican Civil Protection chief Luis Felipe Fuente tweeted that there were no immediate reports of major damages from Friday's quake.

The quake caused lights to sway in Mexico City.

Authorities said no deaths had been reported nationally.

Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera reported "very minor" damage in the capital. "The house is old". It occurred at 5:39 pm as per Mexico's local time.

"Is it ever going to stop?" she said.

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