Mexico rattled by powerful earthquake

A powerful earthquake has shaken south and central Mexico, evacuating buildings and putting parts of the country on emergency alert.

Civil Defence alarms have been activated following the 7.2-magnitude quake on Friday morning (local time), which was initially reported as a 7.5 magnitude.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto says the National Civil Protection system protocol has been activated.

Its epicentre was 37km north-east of town Pinotepa de Don Luis. Videos are already circulating social media showing buildings rattling and lights swaying.

No injuries have yet been reported.

In September 2017 more than 370 people were killed in a 7.1-magnitude earthquake in Mexico, with states Puebla and Morelos being the worst affected areas.