Powerful 7.1 Earthquake Strikes Mexico City

The Mexican capital was shaken by an earthquake on Tuesday afternoon that had its epicenter 12 kilometers southeast of Axochiapan, in the state of Morelos. It is still unknown if there are victims, but images show damage in different parts of the city.

The National Seismological Service reported that the earthquake occurred at 01:14 pm, time in central Mexico, and its epicenter was located 12 kilometers southeast of Axochiapan, in the state of Morelos, that is to say about 160 kilometers from the capital Mexican Its depth was 57 kilometers.

The earthquake occured on the anniversary of the powerful earthquake of 1985 that caused widespread damage in Mexico City and thousands of deaths. In fact, Tuesday’s earthquake occurred almost an hour after drills were carried out across the country in memory of the historic event.

The extent of the damages are still unclear, but testimonies released on social networks speak of buildings destroyed and some even burned. Mass evacuations of buildings are also reported along the Paseo de la Reforma.

“Everything began to fall,” said one woman in a video that recorded the moment of the earthquake.

The facades of some buildings collapsed, destroying cars that were in the adjacent streets.

According to local media, there are areas of downtown Mexico City with cracked homes and reports of partially collapsed houses.

In Xochimilco, the seismic wave caused the water in the canals to quake.

The Secretary of the Interior, Miguel Osorio, reported in a tweet of damages to various structures, especially in the capital.

Gas leaks are one of the authorities’ concerns about the potential hazards they bring. Residents of the capital have reported in social networks a strong smell in very localized areas.

According to the Spanish news agency EFE, in the state of Puebla, the towers of the Church of Cholula were down, and in Morelos and Oaxaca, damages were also reported.

The Tuesday afternoon quake occurs less than a week after Oaxaca, Chiapas and Tabasco quaked, leaving about 100 dead.

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