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A 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck near Mexico City this afternoon, causing buildings to sway for nearly a minute and causing streets to crowd with thousands of people fleeing to safety.
A 7.5 magnitude quake shook southern Mexico on Friday, a prolonged rumble that rocked buildings across the capital Mexico City.
The epicenter was close to the Pacific coast in the southern state of Oaxaca and had a depth of 26.7 miles (43 km), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The area is already reeling from an earthquake that caused widespread damage in September.
Oaxaca’s civil protection service said no damage had been reported so far.
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.
Television images showed thousands of people in the streets in the city center, where crowds had gathered to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
Crowds of people gathered on central Reforma Avenue in Mexico City as the ground shook.
The U.S. Geological Survey put the quake’s preliminary magnitude at 7.2 and said its epicenter was 33 miles (53 kilometers) northeast of Pinotepa in Oaxaca state. It had a depth of 15 miles (24 kilometers).
The epicenter is a rural area of western Oaxaca state near the Pacific coast and the border with Guerrero state.
The Oaxaca state civil protection agency said via Twitter that it was monitoring the coastline.
Mexico is susceptable to major earthquakes because it sits near the boundaries of three fault lines. A magnitude 7.1 earthquake in central Mexico on Sept. 19 left 228 people dead in the capital and 369 across the region.
In 1985, an 8.0-magnitude earthquake reduced Mexico City to rubble, killing thousands.
Here are tweets showing the Mexico earthquake, including some brief video.
— ABC News (@ABC) February 17, 2018
We just had an earthquake in Mexico- epicenter in Pinotepa, Oaxaca 7.0 (last I heard) Here in Mexico City people grab on to whatever they can to feel safer. Still unknown what damage has been caused. pic.twitter.com/fYAu8M1Z8p
— Andalalucha (@Andalalucha) February 17, 2018
Buildings swayed for more than a minute in Mexico City, where people gathered outside. Tremors were felt as far away as Guatemala. pic.twitter.com/qapvu6mOmR
— AJ+ (@ajplus) February 17, 2018
Mexico City, I’m still shaking from my arms and legs, I didn’t really feel the quake of September 19th but, today I really felt that I was going to die, my chest is in a lot of pain, my limbs shaking and I felt helpless. I’m actually crying. pic.twitter.com/J1R4ebMJmJ
— Armando Mar (@ICryptedI) February 17, 2018