3.6 magnitude earthquake strikes near Westwood

A 7.1 magnitude natural disaster shook Mexico City on Tuesday, destroying buildings and causing an unknown number of casualties on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake.

Earlier in the day workplaces across the city held readiness drills on the anniversary of the 1985 quake, a magnitude 8.0 shake, which killed thousands of people and devastated large parts of Mexico City.

The US Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 7.1 and was centred near the Puebla state town of Raboso, about 76 miles south east of Mexico City.

The Associated Press captured this image after thousands of workers fled their office buildings onto the Paseo de La Reforma in the heart of Mexico City.

Los Angeles was jolted by a small natural disaster that rattled nerves and got people talking on social media, but didn't cause any major damage.

"We get these size earthquakes fairly frequently".

The 3.8 magnitude natural disaster was reported at 6:47 a.m. with an epicenter about 7 miles northeast of Albion, according to USGS seismologist Zachary Reeves.

A map showing the areas which felt the 3.6 quake. There were reports of fires and gas leaks and people possibly trapped in rubble.

Mexico City's Benito Juarez International Airport announced on Twitter that it has ceased operations until infrastructure reviews are complete.

A small natural disaster was reported Tuesday morning near Albion in southern IL, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

During the morning of today, dozens of buildings were routinely evacuated in the country's capital, after 11am warning alarms were activated, announcing an quake, reports La Jornada.

The Edwards County Sheriff's office in Albion says there have been no reports of damage or injuries.

Tuesday's quake occurred hours after authorities had conducted an natural disaster drill.

  • Jack Mann