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7.2-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes South of Mexico City

Earthquake Strikes Southern Mexico

A powerful natural disaster has shaken south and central Mexico, evacuating buildings and putting parts of the country on emergency alert.

A powerful quake shook southern Mexico on Saturday as people fled out of buildings in capital Mexico City when the ground was shaking.

The powerful natural disaster triggered the capital's quake alarm system and causing buildings to sway.

The quake's epicenter was 33 miles northeast of Pinotepa, in Oaxaca State.

According to the US Geological Survey the epicentre of the tremor was near the town of Pinotepa de Don Luis, in the Oaxaca state - 217 miles from the capital.

Officials in affected states said they were already inspecting buildings damaged by last year's quakes, which are especially vulnerable to collapse.

Other people in Mexico City and southern Oaxaca state, where the quake's epicenter was located, flooded the streets as the ground seethed, memories of collapsed buildings still fresh.

"It was bad", said Mercedes Rojas Huerta, 57, who was sitting on a bench outside her home in Mexico City's trendy Condesa district, too frightened to go back inside.

More than 300 people died in an natural disaster in central Mexico in September. The depth of the quake was about 24 kilometers. "She didn't say anything", Gutierrez said of her granddaughter.

The Mexico City Red Cross said via Twitter that the facade of a building collapsed in Mexico City's Condesa neighbourhood, which was hit hard on September 19.

In Oaxaca, governor Alejandro Murat said via Twitter that damage was being evaluated, but there were no deaths reported so far.

IDF soldiers search for survivors in a building that collapsed during an natural disaster that struck Mexico on September 24, 2017.

There was no immediate information about casualties or the extent of damage caused. "The house is old".

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