Power cuts as earthquake hits Mexico city

Tremor shakes buildings and sends frightened people out into the streets

People wait outside an apartment building after an earthquake struck Mexico City last night. Photograph: Tomas Bravo/Reuters

People wait outside an apartment building after an earthquake struck Mexico City last night. Photograph: Tomas Bravo/Reuters

Sun, Jun 16, 2013, 10:45

Power outages hit Mexico City today after an earthquake struck the centre of the country.

Officials said there was no other damage reported. Some restaurants and residential buildings in the capital were evacuated as a precautionary measure, they said.

Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said repair work was underway after electrical services had gone out in parts of the city.

The US Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 and struck at 12.19am local time about 120km south of the Mexican capital.

The epicentre was 20km west of the town of Jolalpan in Puebla state. It had a depth of about 50km.

The epicentre was in Guerrero state near the border of Puebla. The governors of both states also reported no early indications of damage.