Mexico’s capital was rattled this morning by a significant earthquake that reportedly had buildings shaking and swaying, and people scattering into the streets, reports Yahoo News.
Video of the event as it unfolded was captured by a news broadcast on Foro TV, showcasing Mexico’s earthquake early warning system:
The U.S. Geological Survey placed the quake’s center in the Western state of Guerrero, north of world famous Acapulco, and are currently reporting a 7.5 magnitude.
Guerrero is 165 miles south west of Mexico City, noted the US Geological Survey.
Mexico City reportedly rocked and rolled for at least 30 seconds. While there are no immediate reports of damage or injury, Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said on Twitter that authorities are fanning out across the capital to check for damage.
Journalist James Blears, based near Mexico City, told Sky News: “This earthquake had tremendous power – it lasted 30 seconds, instead of just a few seconds,” Journalist James Blears, who’s based near Mexico city, told Sky News. “Buildings were swaying and thousands of people have evacuated buildings and are standing in the street.”
Alicia Dominguez, of the civil protection office, described a “crisis of panic”, but saying, “It’s mainly the tourists who are shaken.”
Gabriel Alejandro Hernandez Chavez, 45, an apartment building guard in central Mexico City, called the earthquake “really strong”, while also noting, “And I’m accustomed to earthquakes.”
Since it’s Easter weekend, Mexico City is less crowded than usual.
Mexico’s capital is susceptible to earthquake damage because it evolved and is built drained lake beds of shifty earth that shimmy when earthquakes strike.
Mexico City has experienced frequent earthquakes over the years, including an 8.1 magnitude disaster in 1985 that claimed the lives of at least 6,000, according to Yahoo News.
Image, Claudia Daut – Reuters