The quake was reported on Thursday afternoon as sirens blared throughout the Mexican capital to alert residents.
People immediately left their homes and businesses and ran out onto the streets following the loud alert.
The tremor registered a 5.8 magnitude, according to the US Geological Survey, and its epicenter struck the central state of Puebla, south of Mexico City, at a depth of 27 miles.
There were no immediate reports of any damage in the area and residents appeared to go back to work or home after a short period.
A 5.8 magnitude earthquake has struck Mexico City and sent anxious residents out into the streets as buildings shook
People immediately left their homes and businesses and ran out onto the streets following the loud alert
There were no immediate reports of any damage in the area and residents appeared to go back to work or home after a short period
The tremor set off the Mexico City earthquake alarm system and people left apartment and office buildings in neighborhoods across the city.
Groups of office workers gathered on sidewalks along the city’s downtown Reforma boulevard.
They were eventually escorted back into their buildings while other people decided to go home.
Manuel Maldonado was driving in the capital’s central Anzures neighborhood when the alarm sounded and traffic stopped. He said he could feel his car shake.
‘This one’s strong. For it to move the car, it’s strong,’ he said.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was briefed on the situation by civil protection officials.
In a video posted on social media platform X, he said ‘apparently the quake was not that strong. In any case we will release more information soon’.
Officials in Puebla said the earthquake was felt in several towns but no damage or injuries were reported.
Mexico is over five tectonic plates which makes it one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to earthquakes.
An 8.1 magnitude earthquake in 1985 ravaged central and southern Mexico. It killed more than 10,000 people and caused $5billion worth of damage.
In September 2017, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake killed 369 people with most of them in Mexico City.