Huge earthquake strikes central Mexico, only weeks after Chiapas tremor

Major earthquake strikes in central Mexico, only weeks after Chiapas tremor

The magnitude 7.1 quake has killed more than 200 people

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A major earthquake in central Mexico has killed more than 200 people, mere weeks after the Chiapas tremor in the south of the country. 

The epicentre of the quake was traced to a location north of Mexico City, near to a city called Atencingo in the state of Puebla. 

It was recorded at a depth of 51 kilometres beneath the ground, and measured 7.1 on the Richter Scale.

The shaking resulted in many buildings toppling in the Mexican capital, with emergency workers deployed to the affected areas throughout the night to free trapped people and recover bodies. 

Officials warned individuals to stay off the streets in the event of ruptured gas mains, and phone lines had been taken out. 

Over two million people were left without electrical power in the wake of the earthquake. 

The incident comes mere weeks after the Chiapas earthquake, which measured 8.1 on the scale and killed more than 90 people in the south of the country.