Buildings Collapse as 7.1-Magnitude Quake Jolts Mexico City

REUTERS

Mexico was hit with a powerful earthquake on Tuesday, the anniversary of a disastrous 1985 quake. The 7.1-magnitude tremor was centered in southeast Mexico and caused buildings in Mexico City—about 76 miles away from the epicenter—to sway and pictures to fall from walls. Traffic was reportedly brought to a standstill and videos emerged of buildings collapsing and fires breaking out. Much of Mexico City is built on a former lake bed, and the soil can amplify the effects of earthquakes hundreds of miles away.

SOURCE: The Daily Beast