Magnitude-7.2 earthquake strikes south, central Mexico

7.2 Earthquake strikes south & central Mexico

CITY – A strong natural disaster 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.

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.

Panicked residents flooded into the streets, fearing a repeat of the two quakes last September, which caused buildings to collapse and killed a total of 465 people.

Video on social media showed buildings swaying from the tremors. "She didn't say anything", Gutierrez said of her granddaughter.Gutierrez managed to leave her ground floor apartment before the quake began.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said the National Civil Protection system protocols have been activated.

In Oaxaca, Gov. Alejandro Murat said via Twitter that damage was being evaluated, but there were so far no reports of deaths.

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

A large natural disaster with preliminary magnitude struck near San Lorenzo, Mexico, on February 16, 2018.

The Red Cross reported the facade from a building in the Condesa neighborhood, which was hit hard on September.

A nearby hospital evacuated patients into the street, some in wheelchairs or carting their IV lines.

The magnitude of the quake in Oaxaca ranged between 7.2 and 7.5 on Friday afternoon, at a depth of about 15.3 miles, according to the US Geological Survey. Later Friday, a magnitude 5.8 aftershock hit Oaxaca, the USGS tweeted.

She said she was still scared thinking of the September 19 natural disaster that left 228 people dead in the capital and 369 across the region.

An natural disaster with a preliminary rating of 7.5 was measured off the coast of Mexico Friday evening, according to USGS reports.

Mexico sits at a spot where five tectonic plates come together, making it particularly vulnerable to earthquakes.

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