A 7.1-magnitude earthquake has hit Mexico leaving buildings shaking in the capital of Mexico City and sending people fleeing into the street.
The tremor hit just hours after emergency drills around the nation on the anniversary of a devastating quake that killed thousands in Mexico City in 1985.
Today’s quake hit 5 miles southeast of Atencingo in the central state of Puebla at a depth of 32 miles, the US Geological Survey said.
It comes just days after a powerful 8.1 quake hit Mexico killing at least 98 people.
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 while clouds of dust rose from fallen facades.
Office workers were also seen hugging each other to calm themselves.
In the city’s Roma neighborhood small piles of stucco and brick fallen from building facades littered the streets.
Two men calmed a woman, blood trickling form a small wound on her knee, seated on a stool in the street, telling her to breathe deeply.
At a nearby market, a worker in a hard hat walked around the outside of the building, warning people not to smoke as a smell of cooking gas filled the air.
Market stall vendor Edith Lopez, 25, was caught up in the quake and said she saw glass bursting out of the windows of some buildings.
Earlier this month, an 8.1 magnitude quake struck off the coast of Chiapas killing at least 98 people.
Relief efforts in the south continued through Saturday, with many of the people worst affected still wary of returning indoors to weakened buildings, fearing they could be brought down by ongoing aftershocks.
Hurricane Katia pummeled the east coast on Saturday, wreaking more havoc across the country. The powerful storm even caused a mudslide in the city of Xalapa.
The hardest-hit area was Juchitan, Oaxaca, where a third of the city’s homes collapsed or were uninhabitable.
The remains of brick walls and clay tile roofs cluttered streets as families dragged mattresses on to pavements to spend another anxious night sleeping outdoors.
Members of the ‘Topos’ (Moles) specialised rescue team dug through piles of debris looking for folk’s loved ones and hoping to find some that were still alive.
Soldiers of the Army and Navy also joined in on the search and rescue, hoping to locate the bodies still missing in the wreckage.
Pena Nieto declared three days of national mourning when he first broke numbers on the deaths associated with the earthquake
The epicenter of the earthquake was 123km southwest of the town of Pijijiapan.