Mexico City –
An earthquake of magnitude 7.2 on the Richter Scale (SR) shook Mexico. The quake triggered minor damage to buildings in the Oaxaca region of southern Mexico.
As reported by Reuters and AFP Saturday (17/2/2018), the epicenter was located 37 kilometers northeast of Pinotepa de Don Luis, Oaxaca, or close to the resort surfers on the Pacific coast. The US Geological Survey (USGS) notes the center is at a depth of 24.6 kilometers from the Earth's surface. This earthquake is not considered a potential tsunami.
Both the capital city of Mexico City and southern Mexico are still recovering after a powerful earthquake that triggered extensive damage in September 2017. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto declared 'protocols have been activated' after this powerful earthquake struck.
There have been no reports of casualties due to the recent earthquake that rocked on Friday (16/2) this local time. Mexican Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete said the quake triggered minor damage to buildings in Oaxaca.
Media uploaded photos show bricks and debris falling from buildings. The products at the local supermarket are also seen falling off the shelves. This earthquake tremor is felt to the territory of Guatemala, which is in southern Mexico.
In Mexico City, high-rise buildings rocked for more than a minute due to this earthquake. Earthquake warning alarm goes off. It was reported that some old buildings in the Condesa region had a small rift after the earthquake shook. Trees, power lines and cars also swayed as the quake struck.
Frantic locals rush out of the building and gather on the streets. They are still traumatized by two large earthquakes that shook in September 2017 and killed a total of 465 people.
"Honestly, we were all a little annoyed, we started crying every time the alarm went off, we were stressed, we remembered the earthquake before, so we ran out onto the street. Valladolid (38) who lives in La Roma, Mexico City.
Julia Hernandez calls the quake vibration she feels makes her like in a ship. "Will this stop?" he said. "We live in fear, with memories of what happened before," said Hernandez's daughter.
(nvc / dnu)