BREAKING: Massive 7.1 Earthquake Leaves Mexico In RUINS… Here’s What We Know So Far


A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck near Mexico City Tuesday afternoon, causing buildings to sway on the anniversary of a 1985 quake that did major damage to the capital, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The epicenter was near the town of Raboso, about 76 miles southeast of Mexico City, according to the USGS.


Mexico’s seismological agency estimated its preliminary magnitude at 6.8 and said its center was east of the city in the state of Puebla. That municipality is about 40 miles southeast of the capital, Independent reports.

Pictures fell from walls and objects were shaken off of flat surfaces. Some people took cover under desks and tables.

Local television stations showed images of collapsed buildings and streets filled with rubble.

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Thousands of people fled office buildings along the central Reforma Avenue as alarms blared, and traffic stopped around the Angel of Independence monument, Fox News reports.


Traffic came to a standstill, as masses of workers blocked streets. Clouds of dust rose from fallen pieces of facades, USA Today reports.

In the city’s Roma neighborhood, which was struck hard by the 85 quake, small piles of stucco and brick fallen from building facades littered the streets.

Two men calmed a woman, blood trickling form a small wound on her knee, seated on a stool in the street, telling her to breathe deeply.

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.

Videos showed dozens of men attempting to remove large metal beams that appeared to have fallen during the earthquake. A car in the footage was covered in dust, and rubble was strewn all about.

Here are a few videos:

Here’s another.

Wow- check this out!

“Center of Mexico City right now after 7.4 earthquake. Scary. Hope folks are ok. Video shot by a friend in DF”

Much of Mexico City is built on former lakebed, and the soil is known to amplify the effects of earthquakes even hundreds of miles away.

Look at this destruction!

Thousands of people fled office buildings along the central Reforma Avenue as alarms blared, and traffic stopped around the Angel of Independence monument.

The earthquake hits less than two weeks after a devastating 8.1 magnitude trembler that impacted off the coast of Chiapas. That event killed at least 61 people, and left devastation primarily in the souther Mexican states of Chiapas and Oaxaca. All told, those two states have a combined population of nine million people, and are impoverished.

The USGS estimated that there were at least six aftershocks exceeding a 5.0 magnitude after that quake earlier this month. An estimated 1.85 million homes lost power after the initial shock wave, but 74 per cent of those homes saw services restored within hours. The earthquake was the most powerful that Mexico has seen in at least a century.

There are no reports of injuries or casualties at the time of this report.

Our prayers go out to the people in Mexico.

We will keep you updated as more details emerge.

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