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Magnitude-7.2 earthquake slams south, central Mexico

Mexico earthquake magnitude 7.2 graphic by MGN.
Mexico earthquake magnitude 7.2 graphic by MGN.(KOLO)
Published: Feb. 16, 2018 at 4:11 PM PST
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A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook south and central Mexico Friday, causing people to flee buildings and office towers in the country’s capital, where residents were still jittery after a deadly quake five months ago.

Crowds of people gathered on Mexico City’s central Reforma Avenue in Mexico City as well as on streets in Oaxaca state’s capital, nearer the quake’s epicenter.

“It was awful,” 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. “It started to shake; the cars were going here and there. What do I do?”

She said she was still scared thinking of the Sept. 19 earthquake that left 228 people dead in the capital and 369 across the region. Many buildings in Mexico City are still damaged from that quake.

Mexican Civil Protection chief Luis Felipe Fuente tweeted that there were no immediate reports of damages from Friday’s quake.

The U.S. Geological Survey put its preliminary magnitude at 7.2 and said its epicenter was 33 miles (53 kilometers) northeast of Pinotepa in Oaxaca state. It had a depth of 15 miles (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.

In the Condesa neighborhood, which was hit hard on Sept. 19, frightened residents flooded into the streets, including one woman wrapped in just a towel, but there were no immediate signs of damage.

“I’m scared,” Rojas Huerta said. “The house is old.”

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put the quake’s preliminary magnitude at 7.2 and said its epicenter was 33 miles (53 kilometers) northeast of Pinotepa in Oaxaca state. It had a depth of 15 miles (24 kilometers).

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Mexico quake came in zone known for big tremors

   
MEXICO CITY (AP) - A U.S. Geological Survey expert says Friday's magnitude 7.2 earthquake in southern Mexico was not in the aftershock zone from an even more powerful 8.2 quake last Sept. 7.
    
Paul Earle says the latest quake was in Mexico's southern Pacific coastal region, which has seen several powerful quakes over recent decades, ranging from magnitude 7.1 to 8.4.
    
The deadliest quake in the region happened on Sept. 19, 1985, in Michoacan state, about 300 miles northwest of Friday's tremor. That quake knocked down buildings as far away as Mexico City and resulted in at least 9,500 deaths, 30,000 injured and 100,000 homeless.
    
The quake last Sept. 7 came just 11 days before a magnitude 7.1 tremor in central Mexico caused more than 300 fatalities and significant damage in the Mexico City area.
    
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A magnitude 5.8 aftershock in southern Mexico has caused tall buildings in Mexico City to briefly shutter, about an hour after a 7.2 quake sent people running into the streets.
    
The U.S. Geological Survey says Friday's second tremor was centered near the earlier quake in Mexico's Oaxaca state.
    
The shaking jangled nerves in central Mexico, a region still jittery over a magnitude 7.1 earthquake on Sept. 19 that caused 228 deaths in the capital and 141 more in nearby states. Many buildings in Mexico City are still damaged from that quake.

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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