An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 shook downtown Mexico City on Thursday, Mexico's seismological service said.
Residents took to the streets of the capital when the seismic alert sounded shortly after 14 p.m., 21 p.m. French time, AFP reported. The epicenter was located in the state of Puebla, southwest of the megacity of more than nine million inhabitants.
There are no reports of damage in Mexico City," Mayor Marti Batres said on X. "It seems that the tremor was not so strong," President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador also tempered, promising further information.
On September 19, 1985, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake devastated a large part of Mexico City. The quake, whose epicenter was in the west on the Pacific coast, shook much of central and southern Mexico. The Great Earthquake of 1985 killed 12,843 people, according to a tally of official death certificates published by the Excelsior newspaper 20 years later, in 2015. At the time, civil society groups put the death toll at 20,000.
And 32 years later to the day, on September 19, 2017, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake killed 369 people and caused widespread damage in Mexico City's central neighborhoods. In 2022, the earth shook for the third time in a row on September 19, without causing any casualties. Just like in 2017, millions of people had taken part in an earthquake simulation exercise that the authorities organise every 19 September.
An alert system has been put in place. In the event of an earthquake, alarms are triggered in streets and buildings, warning the population one minute before the earthquake. Mexico lies between five tectonic plates, whose movements make it one of the most seismic in the world, especially on its Pacific coast to the west. Part of Mexico City, mainly the center, rests on the muddy soil of an ancient lake, making it particularly susceptible to earthquakes.