Mexico earthquake shakes Mexico City

Registered at 7.6 on the Richter scale

WRITTEN BY: Billy Gardner
Mexico earthquake causes buildings to sway in Mexico City
Image Source: davidgordillo via Flickr
Mexico earthquake causes buildings to sway in Mexico City

A powerful and long-lasting earthquake shook the buildings of Mexico City this Tuesday. According to Mexico’s national seismological agency, the Mexico earthquake was registered at a 7.6 on the Richter scale and was followed soon after with a 4.8 tremor.

The United States Geological Survey was unaware of the epicenter of the temblor but the National Seismology Agency of Mexico reported that the epicenter was southwest of Guerrero and said to be 11 miles underground. 

Witnesses reported of the shock and power of the Mexico earthquake to The San Francisco Chronicle, Rosa Maria Lopez Velazquez, "I have problems with pressure, I felt I was going to faint." Another, Irma Ortiz, said "It was very strong, but we didn't see anything fall," and went on to say the telephones in the area were not working and the quake had caused the building to sway side-to-side.

The Mexico City Mayor, Marcelo Ebrard wrote on his Twitter page that “strategic services” like the water system were not experiencing any problems.

Hundreds of people were evacuated from their office buildings due to the Mexico earthquake and many claimed that they had never felt such a powerful shaking. Fearing for their lives the citizens decided to take to the streets.

The Mexico City airport was closed for a short time as well, but following the aftershock and no damage, airport services returned to their usual operations.
 

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