Mexico City rocked by massive natural disaster

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A strong quake has hit parts of Mexico this morning.

A 7.1 magnitude quake hit Mexico Tuesday, collapsing buildings and trapping an unknown number of people.

The quake struck on the anniversary of a deastating quake in 1985 that killed thousands of people in the city.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter was about 3.6 miles (6 kilometers) northwest of the Westwood neighborhood, home to the University of California, Los Angeles. A column of smoke rose from a structure in one central neighborhood in the capital.

Earlier on Tuesday, Mexico City held natural disaster drills to mark the anniversary.

The damage from the temblor was not immediately clear, but its jolt was felt far.

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The quake sowed panic in the sprawling city of 20 million people, many of whom have memories of the quake 32 years ago that killed some 10,000 people in Mexico City.

If you felt the quake, you can report it to the USGS using this form!

One of the collapsed buildings is a large parking garage alongside a hospital.

While people in the United States have dealt with hurricanes, people in Mexico just got rocked by a 7.1 natural disaster.

At a nearby market, a worker in a hardhat walked around the outside warning people not to smoke as a smell of gas filled the air.

AFP journalists captured images of collapsed buildings, a vehicle crushed by rubble, and debris-strewn streets. She said she saw glass bursting out of the windows of some buildings. Then airport in Mexico City announced a shutdown shortly after.