A massive earthquake hit Mexico City on Tuesday afternoon, causing buildings to collapse as well as widespread damage throughout the region.
The earthquake registered a magnitude of 7.1 when it shook the city at around 2:15pm, according to the United States Geological Survey. The quake’s epicenter was around 75 miles southeast of the Mexican capital in the state of Puebla.
Mexico City sees major damages to buildings after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake. pic.twitter.com/vLUXg96KNw
— AJ+ (@ajplus) September 19, 2017
In Mexico City, at least five deaths were reported, alongside at least two in Puebla and at least 42 deaths in Morelos state with fires raging afterward and some citizens trapped in collapsed structures.
Intense earthquake felt in Mexico city. Serious structural damage reported in parts of the capital. pic.twitter.com/D45K80qbmR
— Enrique Acevedo (@Enrique_Acevedo) September 19, 2017
The earthquake on Tuesday hit at a depth of only 33 miles (51km), which is considered a “shallow quake,” experts said, and came 32 years to the day after an 8.0-magnitude quake killed almost 10,000 people in Mexico City in 1985. Last week, an earthquake on the southern coast of Mexico killed at least 61 people. Officials had been holding readiness drills in commemoration of the 1985 quake earlier in the day.
Officials reported severe damage to buildings in and around Mexico City, as area schools and the airport were closed in response. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto ordered hospitals damaged by the quake to be evacuated, with patients being sent to facilities in unaffected areas.
WATCH: Video shows scene outside of evacuated hospital in Mexico City after 7.1 magnitude earthquake pic.twitter.com/ZfqQcMVFWJ
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Drone footage captured some of the damaged cityscape in the immediate aftermath of the quake. Citizens can be seen emerging from the rooftop rubble of a nearly flattened building.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 19, 2017
Social media users confirmed the widespread damage in the city with video and photos taken during and after the earthquake of collapsing buildings. Take a look below:
Mexico City just got hit by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake. The damage is very visible. pic.twitter.com/iFtKEZLig7
— Ugene's Politics (@UgenesPolitics) September 19, 2017
I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS IS HAPPENING!! Pray for Mexico City !! My heart is broken :/ pic.twitter.com/Hf0J4PqJ6w
— Lele Pons (@lelepons) September 19, 2017
Here are the photos circulating purportedly of the damage in Mexico City as a result of the Earthquake. Devastating. pic.twitter.com/S0iBz6Rycu
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) September 19, 2017
7.1 Earthquake in Mexico City. This is outside terminal 2 at Mexico City Airport pic.twitter.com/PbXHCUxebg
— J (@conecora1) September 19, 2017
— Santi (@robottkid) September 19, 2017
Wow! Look out! A building exploded after the earthquake in mexico city 🙁 pic.twitter.com/dalQ0tu4W2
— corey scott (@vtoast3) September 19, 2017
— Long Live UAE (@LongLiveUAE1) September 19, 2017
— Keith Walker (@KeithWalkerNews) September 19, 2017
Today's earthquake in Mexico City literally pushed up this street in front of a nearby gas station… pic.twitter.com/z7PNgvdm2I
— Al Giordano (@AlGiordano) September 19, 2017
— BreakingNNow (@BreakingNNow) September 19, 2017
Building Collapses In Mexico City Following 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) September 19, 2017