Powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake shakes Mexico City

By Marcina Zaccaria ,

An earthquake shook central and southern Mexico Friday at approximately 9:30 a.m.

Some walls collapsed and large cracks appeared in the facades of some buildings. Citizens fled high rise apartments. People eating breakfast in Mexico City turned over chairs and ran into the streets, according to the Associated Press.

"I had to hold on to a tree, like a drunk," Pedro Hernandez, 68, a doorman working in central Mexico City, told Reuters.

So far, there are no reports of fatalities. The earthquake struck 170 miles (273 kilometers) southwest of Mexico City. Friday's quake happened along the Pacific Coast in a section called the Guerrero Seismic Gap.

Officials were quick to respond. There are are small power outages in the area. At this time, Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said that they are working to restore service from fallen transformers.

Mexico City has previously endured earthquakes. An 8.1 magnitude earthquake killed thousands of people in 1985. Experts say that muddy sediments on drained lake beds contribute to the cause of earthquakes in Mexico's capital city.

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