Powerful quake jolts Mexico, sways buildings in capital

Powerful quake jolts Mexico, sways buildings in capital

A devastating 7.1 magnitude quake collapsed some buildings and damaged many others in and around Mexico City on Tuesday on the anniversary of the 1985 natural disaster there which left thousands dead.

The US Geological Survey said the quake was 7.1 magnitude, hitting 5 miles (8km) southeast of Atencingo in the state of Puebla at a depth of 32 miles (51km).

A magnitude-7.1 quake struck the central Mexican state of Puebla on Tuesday afternoon, the US Geological Survey said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter was about 3.6 miles (6 kilometers) northwest of the Westwood neighborhood, home to the University of California, Los Angeles.

TV images showed a multi-storey building in the capital with a middle floor collapsed as sirens blared from first responders rushing to the scene.

Drills were held earlier Tuesday in observance of the anniversary.

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Authorities said there were no reports of damage or injuries.

AFP journalists captured images of collapsed buildings, a auto crushed by rubble, and debris-strewn streets.

At a nearby market, a worker in a hard hat walked around the outside of the building, warning people not to smoke as a smell of cooking gas filled the air. She was anxiously trying to locate her children, whom she had left in the care of her disabled mother.

In Chesterfield, Misty wrote "Pictures on my wall shook". Some people dove for cover under desks. The 8.1 shake killed thousands and destroyed large parts of Mexico City, Reuters noted.

A 3.8 magnitude quake rattled parts of southern IL early Tuesday.

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