Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Powerful 7.1 earthquake hits southern Mexico, shaking building in country's capital

Powerful 7.4 earthquake hits southern Mexico
A powerful 7.1 earthquake has struck southern Mexico, according to US Geological Survey (USGS). Witnesses are saying the tremor shook buildings in the country's capital.

Thousands of people took to the streets on Tuesday, fleeing their shaking houses, a witness told Reuters.

The have so far no reports of casualties of destruction as a result of the quake.

  • Magnitude Mw 7.1

Date time 2017-09-19 18:14:36.6 UTC
Location 18.57 N ; 98.52 W

  • Depth 30 km

Distances 63 km SW of Puebla de Zaragoza, Mexico / pop: 1,591,000 / local time: 13:14:36.6 2017-09-19
3 km NW of Ayutla, Mexico / pop: 6,800 / local time: 13:14:36.6 2017-09-19

  • Nearby Places

Direction data (below) indicate the position of the event relative to the place.
Raboso, Mexico
4.5 km (2.8 mi) ENEPopulation: 4,374
Izúcar de Matamoros, Mexico
7.2 km (4.5 mi) ESEPopulation: 42,936
Atencingo, Mexico
23.6 km (14.7 mi) ENEPopulation: 12,910
Atlixco, Mexico
36.1 km (22.4 mi) SPopulation: 85,891
Puebla, Mexico
55.0 km (34.1 mi) SSWPopulation: 1,590,256



  1. Scores killed after 7.1-magnitude quake strikes central Mexico...

    A magnitude 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 120 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped.

    Dozens of buildings tumbled into mounds of rubble or were severely damaged in densely populated parts of Mexico City and nearby states. Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings fell at 44 places in the capital alone as high-rises across the city swayed sickeningly.

    The quake is the deadliest in Mexico since a 1985 quake on the same date killed thousands. It came less than two weeks after another powerful quake caused 90 deaths in the country's south.

    Mexico City's mayor said at least 30 died in the capital, and officials in Morelos state, just to the south, said 54 died there.

    At least 26 others died in Puebla state, state disaster prevention chief Carlos Valdes said. Gov. Alfredo del Mazo said at least nine died in the State of Mexico, which also borders the capital.

    1. At least 149 people died when a powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.1 struck central Mexico on Tuesday, toppling buildings in the heavily populated capital where rescuers scoured frantically under the rubble of ruins for survivors.

      Thousands ran into the streets in panic, and millions lost electricity when the quake struck around lunchtime.

      Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said 44 buildings were severely damaged or destroyed. Several major gas leaks and fires occurred.

      Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong told local television rescue teams were working painstakingly with picks and shovels. The United Nations expressed condolences and said it was ready to assist.


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