7.2 magnitude earthquake rocks Mexico

Map of Mexico indicating in blue where the 7.2 magnitude quake struck

The 7.2-magnitude natural disaster and a magnitude 5.8 aftershock - both with epicenters in Oaxaca state - struck the region Friday, the US Geological Survey reported.

Footage of the massive quake that hit a southern state in Mexico on Friday showed the terrifying scene from inside several buildings.

A strong natural disaster shook southern and central Mexico on Friday, causing panic less than six months after two devastating quakes that killed hundreds of people.

A state government official who was not authorized to be quoted by name said the chopper crashed into a group of people who had been spending the night outside after a powerful 7.2 magnitude quake hit the area.

A woman is helped outside, along Reforma Avenue after a 7.2-magnitude natural disaster shook Mexico City, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. It was originally reported as a preliminary 7.5-magnitude quake, before being downgraded.

"The Government advised people to stay indoors, so most people headed out for a bit, heard the news and came back in."

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An natural disaster of magnitude 7.2 shook the southern and central parts of Mexico.

The quake caused buildings to shake in the capital of Mexico city, about 350km (217 miles) away.

The quake hit close to home for a country that is still reeling from two earthquakes in September that killed hundreds.

"I'm scared", said Rojas Huerta, recalling five months ago when buildings fell as she ran barefoot into the street. She was sitting on a bench outside her home in Mexico City's trendy Condesa district on Friday, too frightened to go back inside. When I opened my eyes, I saw her eyes in terror.

"Is it ever going to stop?" she said.

The National Seismological Service has since reported that up until 5:30 a.m Saturday morning, about 12 hours since the quake hit, 389 aftershocks have been recorded with the strongest being 5.9 hitting the Oaxaca region.

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