At least two people have died after A strong 7.1 magnitude earthquake has shaken Mexico City, levelling buildings and forcing thousands of residents to evacuate into the streets.
Governor Alfredo del Mazo confirmed to Mexican media that two residents were killed as a result of damage inflicted by the quake.
The tremor’s epicentre struck some 150km away in the province of Puebla, but was powerful enough to significantly damage suburbs of the Mexican capital.
Video footage shows buildings shaking and collapsing across the city.
Praying for all in Mexico City affected by the 7.1 earthquake – devastating videos and images… pic.twitter.com/RYBlbjyQsV
— Tasmin Lucia-Khan (@Tasmin) September 19, 2017
Devastating images from Mexico City. pic.twitter.com/RpF7sUq31s
— Jorge Guajardo (@jorge_guajardo) September 19, 2017
Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera says there have been no confirmed casualties resulting from collapsing buildings, but local media reports people have become trapped inside some destroyed structures.. Residents of the city’s affected districts have rushed to help those thought to be caught in the rubble.
People in Mexico City digging through rubble, trying to help survivors.
I’m honestly speechless.https://t.co/Pi4B2VOBl6
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) September 19, 2017
Those in quake-impacted areas have been advised to leave areas with suspected gas leaks, over fears of further damage from potential fires.
WATCH: Video shows people moving away from a suspected gas leak on Mexico City’s Reforma Avenue after 7.1 magnitude earthquake pic.twitter.com/LhQdwuC8aD
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 19, 2017
The quake comes nearly two weeks after an 8.1 magnitude quake hit the state of Oaxaca, killing at least 98. Today’s tremor in also arrived on the 32nd anniversary of a massive earthquake which killed thousands in Mexico City.