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Strong quake rekindles memories of past disasters in Mexico

People stand on the street after an earthquake shook buildings in Mexico City Mexico

A powerful natural disaster shook southern Mexico on Saturday as people fled out of buildings in capital Mexico City when the ground was shaking.

About an hour after the quake, a magnitude 5.8 aftershock centered southern Mexico caused tall buildings in Mexico City to briefly sway again.

Panicked residents flooded into the street, fearing a repeat of two earthquakes last September that caused buildings to collapse and killed 465 people combined.

Video on social media showed buildings shaking in Mexico City. "She didn't say anything", Gutierrez said of her granddaughter.Gutierrez managed to leave her ground floor apartment before the quake began. So far, no injuries or damage have been reported.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto tweeted that the natural disaster was northeast of Pinotepa Nacional, in Oaxaca, and that "protocols have been activated".

According to the US Geological Survey, the natural disaster was measured 7.5 on the Richter scale 4 km south of Pinotepa de Don Luis with the epicenter at a depth of 10 km, Xinhua reported. But it added that shelters had been opened for those fleeing damaged homes.

The Red Cross reported the facade from a building in the Condesa neighborhood, which was hit hard on September 19, collapsed. "It's all we can do", 38-year-old publicist Kevin Valladolid told AFP through tears after evacuating from his building in La Roma, in central Mexico City.

She said she was still scared thinking of the September 19 quake that caused 228 deaths in the capital and 141 more in nearby states.

The latest tremor comes less than six months after last year's devastating earthquakes in central and southern Mexico.

Mexico sits at a spot where five tectonic plates come together, making it particularly vulnerable to earthquakes.