Great earthquake hits southern Mexico (VIDEOS)



This morning the earthquake was adjusted with a magnitude of 7.5 and material damage is being reported in the states of Guerrero, Chiapas, Puebla, Veracruz, Oaxaca (epicenter) and Mexico City.

Seismic alarms sounded midmorning with enough warning for residents to exit buildings. Power was knocked out to some areas, but there were not immediately reports of damage or injuries.

Helicopters flew over downtown Mexico City and police patrols sounded their sirens.

The U.S. Geologic Survey said the quake hit at 10:29 a.m. (11:29 a.m. Eastern) along Mexico’s southern Pacific coast at a depth of 16 miles (26 km). The epicenter was 7 miles (12 km) south-southwest of Santa Maria Zapotitlan.

In Mexico City several buildings were evacuated including the international airport. The structure of the buildings in lounges, creaking and flights had to be suspended until a complete evaluation is made.

Also in Mexico City, several buildings showed damage to their facades and internal structures. People have shared videos in various parts of Mexico, some showing cracks in the floor and walls of houses and buildings.

Reports from the civil protection systems of the affected states indicate that until 10 a.m. there were no reports of fatalities, but many people have had nervous breakdowns out of fear.

Aftershocks of the strong earthquake are expected, so people are asked not to return to buildings until their concrete structures are assessed.

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