Buildings have been damaged and thousands of people forced onto the streets after Mexico City was hit by an earthquake. Clouds of dust rose from crumbling building facades – hours after preparation drills were held on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 earthquake that killed more than 5,000 people in the city.
A civil protection official told local TV that the 7.1 magnitude earthquake has led to fires in buildings across the City of Mexico, with people trapped inside. Thousands of people were seen fleeing their shaking houses. Videos and pictures are being posted online from Mexico City, capturing the tremors and crowds in the streets.
Local TV showed footage of collapsed buildings, a car crushed by rubble and roads filled with debris. Officials asked people not to smoke in the streets of the sprawling city – which has a population of 20 million – warning of possible ruptured gas pipes.