Southern Mexico Shaken By Earthquake, No Damage Or Injuries Reported

Southern Mexico Feels Tremors Of 5.4 Earthquake

Southern Mexico was shaken by a magnitude 5.4 earthquake on Saturday morning, but officials in and around the capital are reporting no injuries or damage.

Mexico’s National Seismological Service noted that the quake happened at 7:29 am CDT and its epicenter was near the Oaxacan city of Pinotepa Nacional, which is close to the Pacific coast, reports Yahoo! News.

Mexico City Mayor Marcel Ebrard reported during an early morning tweet that, “All is functioning normally,” noting that hospitals, the subway, and water systems were undamaged by the quake. Government officials in nearby municipalities stated that they also discovered no damage on their first round of review, notes The Los Angeles Times.

Despite the lack of damage, the earthquake likely brought back memories of a more powerful earthquake in March, which measured a 7.4 on the Richter scale.

Mexico City escaped serious damage during the March earthquake, but it damaged more than 500 homes in the southern state of Guerrero, injuring more than 100 people.

Mexico City also commemorated the anniversary of the September 19, 1985 earthquake this week, which claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people. Included in the commemorations was a massive disaster drill. They residents of Mexico City simulated a real earthquake response by pouring out of buildings, with emergency response officials deploying practice routines and test equipment, which was upgraded after the disastrous 1985 quake.

Unlike the earthquake in 1985, as well as the one in March, Saturday’s 5.4 quake was barely felt in parts of Mexico City, if residents felt it at all.