Small quake jolts Los Angeles residents

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"Any severe damage would be pretty unlikely", said U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Zachary Reeves, according to the Los Angeles Times.

An quake centered 12 kilometers east-northeast of Albion, Illinois, was felt in Terre Haute, Indiana, at 7:47 a.m. today.

While the extent of the damage and injuries remains to be seen, the AP reported that the quake caused buildings to sway "sickeningly" and some social media users posted pictures of collapsed structures in the aftermath.

Hundreds tweeted their reactions and used a little humor to get them through the scare of having the ground shake beneath them.

Traffic came to a standstill as thousands of workers blocked the streets escaping their office buildings.

During the morning of today, dozens of buildings were routinely evacuated in the country's capital, after 11am warning alarms were activated, announcing an natural disaster, reports La Jornada. Clouds of dust rose from fallen pieces of facades.

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Market stall vendor Edith Lopez, 25, said she was in a taxi a few blocks away when the quake struck.

An quake of magnitude 7.1 occurred on Tuesday near the town of Puebla de Zaragoza southeast of Mexico City.

There were no immediate reports of casualties. Its epicenter was in the state of Puebla, about 80 miles southeast of the capital, Mexico City.

Officials were running natural disaster drills earlier in the day.

Devastating images from Mexico City.

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