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Magnitude 7.2 earthquake hits Mexico City

Last Updated Feb 16, 2018 at 6:06 pm PDT

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Summary

A powerful earthquake has hit Mexico City, with preliminary readings suggesting a magnitude of 7.2

Today's earthquake comes months after Mexico was hit with a pair of quakes, leaving hundreds dead

MEXICO CITY (NEWS 1130) – A powerful earthquake shook south and central Mexico Friday, causing people to flee buildings and office towers in the country’s capital, and setting off quake alert systems.

Crowds of people gathered on central Reforma Avenue in Mexico City as the ground shook.

The U.S. Geological Survey put the quake’s preliminary magnitude at 7.2 and said its epicenter was 53 kilometers northeast of Pinotepa in Oaxaca state. It had a depth of 24 kilometers.

The epicenter is a rural area of western Oaxaca state near the Pacific coast and the border with Guerrero state.

The Oaxaca state civil protection agency said via Twitter that it was monitoring the coastline.

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake in central Mexico on Sept. 19 left 228 people dead in the capital and 369 across the region.