Powerful 7.2 quake rocks buildings in Mexico, minor damage reported

Earthquake Strikes Southern Mexico

The Mexico City Red Cross said via Twitter that the facade of a building collapsed in Mexico City's Condesa neighborhood, which was hit hard on September 19.

CITY – A strong quake of magnitude 7.2 shook Mexico City on Friday, as well as the center and south of the country, causing panic and the activation of emergency protocols, although there have been no reports of victims or casualties.

The epicentre was close to a surfer resort on the Pacific coast in the southern state of Oaxaca and had a depth of 15.3 miles (24.6 km), according to the US Geological Survey. On September 19, a magnitude 7.1 quake hit Mexico City, killing at least 216 people.

The streets of Condesa were flooded by residents fleeing their homes, including one woman wrapped just in a towel.

Two diners sit outside a restaurant on Reforma Avenue after a 7.2-magnitude natural disaster shook Mexico City, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018.

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

"I'm scared", Rojas Huerta said.

Mexican Civil Protection chief Luis Felipe Puente tweeted that there were no immediate reports of damages from Friday's quake and by the evening there had been no reports of deaths.

The quake caused buildings to shake in the capital of Mexico city, about 350km (217 miles) away.

There was no tsunami threat from the natural disaster, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said on Friday.

Emergency authorities in the Oaxaca reported "only material damage and no loss of human life" during the quake. "The house is old".

"Shelters have already been opened for those affected", the state government said on Twitter.

Gladys Barreno Castro was at work on the 29th floor of a downtown office building in Mexico City, but recognized quickly that the shaking was not as violent this time.


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