MEXICO CITY – A magnitude-5.9 earthquake hit central and southern Mexico on Thursday, setting off the seismic alarm in Mexico City, though no damages have been reported.
Mexico’s National Seismological Service (SSN) said that the epicenter of the earthquake, which took place at 8:31 am (1331 GMT), was located nine kilometers (5.6 miles) northwest of the town of Huajuapan de Leon, in the state of Oaxaca.
The head of the country’s civil protection agency said during a televised interview that no victims or damages have been reported.
Mexico City’s mayor, Jose Ramon Amieva, said via Twitter that authorities had begun inspecting buildings and infrastructure to detect possible damages.
Although the earthquake was not felt strongly in the capital, it set off the seismic alert, leading thousands of people to exit their homes and workplaces as a precaution.
Many Mexico City residents are fearful that a large earthquake, such as the one that took place on Sept. 19, 2017, which left 228 people dead, could take place again.
Last year’s earthquake was the worst natural disaster in Mexico since 1985, when a magnitude-8.1 quake, which also took place on Sept. 19, left thousands of people dead in the capital.