February 1, an earthquake of magnitude 6.6 occurred in the state of Chiapas in the southeast of Mexico, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center reports. The focus of the earthquake was at a depth of 68 km.
The epicenter was not far from the border with Mexico.
The temblor caused tall buildings to sway hundreds of miles away in Mexico City, where some people were evacuated from offices along a central boulevard.
There is no information about the victims and destruction.
Officials said cracks appeared on the walls of the elementary school in the state capital, Tuxtla Gutierrez, but the children were safely evacuated.
Chiapas civil defense official Arturo Barrientos told The Associated Press that there were no reports of serious damage and authorities were monitoring the situation.
Barrientos said cracks appeared in a wall at an elementary school in the state capital, Tuxtla Gutierrez, but the children were evacuated safely.
“It was felt pretty strongly, but everything is normal. We went out into the street, and that was it,” Enrique Vidal, a lawyer who lives in Tapachula said via text message. “Those with children in schools went to look for them since there are buildings that are still damaged from 2017.”
The latest earthquake in this region was in September 2017 with magnitude 8.1 earthquake. It took lives of nearly 100 people and damaged thousands of buildings.
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The 2017 Puebla earthquake struck at 13:14 CDT (18:14 UTC) on 19 September 2017 with an estimated magnitude of Mw 7.1 and strong shaking for about 20 seconds. Its epicenter was about 55 km (34 mi) south of the city of Puebla. The earthquake caused damage in the Mexican states of Puebla and Morelos and in the Greater Mexico City area, including the collapse of more than 40 buildings.
370 people were killed by the earthquake and related building collapses, including 228 in Mexico City, and more than 6,000 were injured. The quake coincidentally occurred on the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake, which killed around 10,000 people. The 1985 quake was commemorated, and a national earthquake drill was held, at 11 a.m. local time, just two hours before the 2017 earthquake.] Twelve days earlier, the even larger 2017 Chiapas earthquake struck 650 km (400 mi) away, off the coast of the state of Chiapas.