A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, south of Mexico City, this evening, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said the National Civil Protection system protocols have been activated.
The Mexico City Government wrote on Twitter, “Before returning to your homes, it is important to check if there are any damages, turn off gas lines and disconnect energy sources.”
The quake was 15 miles deep, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The National Seismological Service said 59 aftershocks had been detected before 6:30 p.m. local time.
Over 300 people, including schoolchildren, died from a powerful earthquake in central Mexico last September.