7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Jolts Mexico City

The Los Angeles Times reports:

A powerful earthquake jolted Mexico City on Tuesday, seriously damaging buildings and sending people fleeing into the streets on the anniversary of a 1985 quake that did major damage to the capital. Local television stations broadcast images of collapsed facades and streets filled with rubble.

The extent of damage and injuries was not immediately clear. The U.S. Geological Survey calculated its preliminary magnitude at 7.1. The epicenter was about 93 miles southeast of Mexico City in the state of Puebla. Earlier in the day, buildings across the city held preparation drills on the anniversary of the 1985 quake.

From the Associated Press:

On Mexico City’s main boulevard, thousands of people streamed out of buildings into the streets in a panic, filling the plaza around the Independence Monument with a mass of people.

Traffic came to a standstill, as masses of workers blocked streets. Clouds of dust rose from fallen pieces of facades. Office workers hugged each other to calm themselves. In the city’s Roma neighborhood, which was struck hard by the 85 quake, small piles of stucco and brick fallen from building facades littered the streets.