PASADENA (CBSLA) — Mexican leaders were assessing the damage left by the massive earthquake that rocked Mexico City and neighboring states to the south Friday evening.READ MORE: One Crew Member Killed, Second Wounded After Alec Baldwin Discharges Prop Gun On Movie Set In New Mexico
Scientists said the temblor that hit the epicenter near Pinotepa in Oaxaca was a magnitude 7.2 quake.
No deaths were reported Friday, with structures incurring most of the damage. It’s a marked difference from an earthquake in September that left over 300 people dead. That quake was 7.1 in magnitude.
Videos posted to social media show the panic Friday as overhead lamps swayed and people spilled out onto to the streets of Mexico City.
However, seismologists said this quake was not unexpected.READ MORE: A Timeline Of Accidental Deaths On Hollywood Sets In Wake Of Alec Baldwin Prop Gun Shooting
“Mexico has a lot of earthquakes because part of the Pacific Ocean is being pushed underneath the continent along the Mexican Coast,” Dr. Lucy Jones, former seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, told reporters.
As for California, Jones said that the increasingly frequent tremors in Mexico make a quake on the San Andreas fault neither less likely nor more likely.
“Every year has a one to two percent chance of a San Andreas earthquake, and that’s not changed by having this earthquake,” Jones reiterated.
Friday’s quake triggered Mexico’s early earthquake warning system.
The U.S. has been on track to develop a prototype warning system by this year, but Jones said the president’s budget has proposed eliminating all funding for the project.MORE NEWS: Alec Baldwin On Fatal Movie Set Shooting Of Director Of Photography Halyna Hutchins: ‘There Are No Words’
“We were looking to be the first country that put in a system before we killed a lot of people. I’m beginning to wonder whether we’re gonna need a big earthquake just like everyone else has,” said Jones.