This afternoon, Mexico City was rocked by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake killing at least 42 (numbers may rise).
Initial damage from the earthquake was not immediately clear, but in a Tweet, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto stated that the country’s National Emergency Committee was dispatched to assess the situation.
Videos posted on social media show people huddled together in buildings and flooding into the streets as structures sway and even collapse
Dam an entire Building blows up in Mexico pic.twitter.com/CzyjsbvGTA
— KING LILG (@kinglilg) September 19, 2017
Devastating images from Mexico City. pic.twitter.com/RpF7sUq31s
— Jorge Guajardo (@jorge_guajardo) September 19, 2017
— RT (@RT_com) September 19, 2017
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter of the earthquake took place in Raboso, Mexico—about 75 miles south of the capital city.
Almost nine million people live in Mexico City. That’s more than New York City and more than double the amount of people that live in Los Angeles.
Today’s quake comes on the heels of an 8.1 magnitude earthquake that hit Chiapas, Mexico nearly a week ago leaving at least 90 dead and 32 years after a massive earthquake left thousands dead in the Mexico City area on September 19 in 1985.