A powerful earthquake has jolted Mexico City – measuring magnitude 7.1 according to the US Geological Survey (USGS) – causing buildings to sway sickeningly on the anniversary of a 1985 quake that did major damage to the capital. The quake caused rubble to fall onto cars, and some building facades to collapse to the streets.
The extent of damage or injuries was not immediately clear, but people fled office buildings along the central Reforma Avenue. Local media reported at least 49 deaths, and an unspecified number of others who may be trapped in buildings throughout the city.
Mexico’s seismological agency estimated its preliminary magnitude at 6.8 and said its centre was east of the city in the state of Puebla. That municipality is about 40 miles southeast of the capital.