- The earthquake struck in San Juan Catahuatepec, located about 300 kilometres southeast of Mexico City, the United States Geological Survey said.
It struck at 12:02 p.m. local time, or 2:02 p.m. ET.
- Less than two minutes later, Twitter users in Mexico City and the surrounding area began sharing their experiences.
Many, fortunately, reported being fine despite the quake's strength.
- — Evan D. Hunt (@Evan_D_Hunt)Tue, Mar 20 2012 11:19:46Earthquake in DF just now. Everyone was evacuated at school safe and sound. We have all returned to class now. No need to worry.
- — Ann Aguirre (@MsAnnAguirre)Tue, Mar 20 2012 11:25:27Yes, I felt the quake in Acapulco. But it wasn't severe here. If this house is rockin'... it's probably an earthquake. I'm okay! ;)
- Others, however, reported being quite shaken by the tremblor.
- — Babylon Gardens (@babylongardens)Tue, Mar 20 2012 11:21:49Steel shaken up for the earthquake . Apparently no big damages in the city . People was scared in general.
- Mexican President Felipe Calderon said via Twitter that there were no immediate reports of damage, although some shared pictures of damage they'd seen.
- A hashtag supporting Mexico - #PrayforMexico - began trending on Twitter soon afterwards.