Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes South and Central Mexico

by Lawrence Cooper February 18, 2018, 0:15
Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes South and Central Mexico

Resident Mercedes Rojas Huerta, 57, who was sitting on a bench outside her home in Mexico City said: "It was very bad. What do I do?"

A 5.9-magnitude aftershock hit almost an hour later - one of more than 200 aftershocks so far, said the interior ministry.

The protocols in case of natural disaster were activated by the authorities of Mexico City, confirmed the head of government, Miguel Angel Mancera, in a message on his Twitter account.

A 7.2 magnitude quake struck in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, south of Mexico City, on Friday evening, according to the U.S.

It said the epicenter was 53 kilometres northeast of Pinotepa in southern Oaxaca state. The focus was at a depth of 24.7 kilometers.

The craft was carrying Interior Secretary Alfonso Navarrete and Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Murat who were flying to the area to assess quake damage. "It's all we can do", 38-year-old publicist Kevin Valladolid told AFP through tears after evacuating from his building in La Roma, in central Mexico City. As a result of the scary tremors, many took to Twitter to record videos of the shaking, which left so many terrified as their buildings swayed back and forth. But reporters at the scene later found no evidence of a collapse at the location.

A powerful seven.two magnitude quake has hit southern Mexico, causing buildings to shake in capital city.

The US National Tsunami Warning Centre says a tsunami is not expected.

An natural disaster with a preliminary magnitude of 7.5 shook south and central Mexico Friday afternoon.

The deadliest quake in the region happened on September 19, 1985, in Michoacan state, about 300 miles northwest of Friday's tremor.

Some were crying, while others hugged each other on the streets of the capital. REUTERS/Henry Romero People are seen on a street after an natural disaster shook buildings in Mexico City, Mexico February 16, 2018.

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