Mexico City – A massive earthquake rocked central and southern Mexico with a force of about 7.2 magnitude on Friday, February 16, 2018 local time. So far, no casualties or buildings have collapsed due to this earthquake.
The epicenter was located off the Pacific coast close to the state of Oaxaca and has a depth of approximately 24.6 kilometers. This is based on data released by the United States Geological Survey. This vibration feels far south to Guatemala.
Currently, the southern and Mexican capitals are still trying to rise from the impact of the earthquake that occurred in September 2017.
“Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete said the quake caused minor damage to several buildings in Oaxaca but no casualties were killed,” it was quoted by Reuters on Saturday, February 17, 2018.
A number of images, circulating in social media, show bricks and broken buildings scattered and food products falling off the shelves in supermarkets.
In the capital city of Mexico city, the multi-story building rocked for about a minute as the earthquake alarm sounded. Some of the older buildings in the posh area of Condesa clashed and some cracks were visible on the wall.
Patricia Gutierrez, a 66-year-old English teacher, said she was sleeping with her 11-year-old granddaughter, Juliet, when an earthquake alarm was heard.
“My grandson heard the alarm. When I woke up, I saw her eyes terrified. He did not say anything, “said Gutierrez, who came straight out of his apartment at the bottom before a big shock. “I leave all but the shoes and the baby,” he said.
Guadalupe Martinez, a 64-year-old retiree, said he was still surprised by the quake. However, this shock is much different from the shaking that occurred in Mexico in September 2017. “This time the earthquake shock was strong but not up and down,” he said.