Strong quake shakes Mexico, no reports of damage


But two towns near the epicenter, in the southern state of Oaxaca, reported damage and state authorities said they had opened emergency shelters.

IDF soldiers search for survivors in a building that collapsed during an quake that struck Mexico on September 24, 2017. It had a depth of 15 miles (24 kilometers).

Both the south of Mexico and the capital are still reeling from earthquakes that caused widespread damage in September.

An quake with a preliminary rating of 7.5 was measured off the coast of Mexico Friday evening, according to USGS reports.

Video footage showed the terrifying scene inside buildings. In Oaxaca, Gov. Alejandro Murat said via Twitter that damage was being evaluated, but there were deaths reported so far.

USGS seismologist Paul Earle said Friday's natural disaster appeared to be a separate temblor, rather than an aftershock of a September 7 quake also centered in Oaxaca, which registered a magnitude of 8.2. People in the city gathered on the streets as sirens blared.

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The latest tremor comes less than six months after last year's devastating earthquakes in central and southern Mexico.

The Sept. 7 quake killed almost 100 people in Oaxaca and neighboring Chiapas, but was centered about 273 miles (440 kilometers) southwest of Friday's natural disaster, Earle said.

"I'm scared", Rojas Huerta said outside her home, too afraid to go back inside, recalling how the buildings fell five months ago.

Gladys Barreno Castro was at work on the 29th floor of a downtown office building in Mexico City, but recognized quickly that the shaking was not as violent this time. "The house is old".

In Mexico's capital, frightened residents flooded into the streets in Condesa, including one woman wrapped in just a towel, but there were no immediate signs of damage.