LAS VEGAS — Scientists are gathering to hear about the La Luzo earthquake that shook Mexico and the surrounding region on Sunday and Monday.
The magnitude 7.1 earthquake shook the area of Oaxaca state in the central state of Oruro and caused significant damage to buildings and infrastructure, according to the National Earthquake Information Center.
It caused a partial blackout in parts of Oeste and Mexico City.
In Mexico City, Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said that he heard about the earthquake from a local reporter who had traveled to the city to report on the disaster.
He said the local reporter was “really kind and compassionate” and was trying to help those affected by the quake.
“The reporter said to me, ‘This is not an earthquake; this is an earthquake,'” Manceria told reporters at the National Palace of the Republic, where he was briefing the government on the quake’s aftermath.
“I said, ‘No, it is not a disaster.'”
The quake also damaged the city of La Paz and its airport, where more than 100 people were injured.
The government said at least 15,000 people had been evacuated, but the government later revised the number to about 12,000.
The city of Otecs and the neighboring towns of Ollantaytambo and La Poblacion also experienced some damage.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported that there were no immediate reports of damage from the quake, which was centered in the city area of Puebla.
“We have some data that we are going to look at to try to see if there is any damage from this earthquake,” said the agency’s U.K. seismologist, David Liddell.
“But as of right now, it’s not as bad as we were expecting.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.