Powerful natural disaster jolts Mexico, sways buildings in capital

A 7.1 magnitude quake hit Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least five people, collapsing buildings and trapping an unknown number of people.

The event caused serious damage to the Greater Mexico City area and the deaths of at least 5,000 people.

The Mexican Seismological Service said the natural disaster was centred on Axochiapan in the central state of Morelos, some 160km from the capital.

With more than 8 million people, Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world.

Los Angeles was rocked by a 3.6 magnitude natural disaster just before midnight Monday night, with its epicenter about 13 miles from the shaky city center.

Videos shared on social media show that at least some buildings in the city have collapsed.

There haven't yet reports of any major damage or injuries from the quake, which the U.S. Geological Survey said brought "moderate shaking". "I immediately will return to Mexico City to address the situation caused by the quake".

Local television broadcast images of collapsed buildings and rubble-filled streets, according to The Associated Press. She said she was anxiously trying to reach her children, who she had left in the care of her disabled mother. Some people dove for cover under desks.

Mexico City's global airport suspended operations and was checking facilities for any damage.

A 3.8 magnitude natural disaster rattled parts of southern IL early Tuesday.

  • Stacy Allen