Soccer leagues around the world held matches for their respective domestic cups today. German, Spanish, and English teams all played, and Mexico’s Copa MX was scheduled to begin its round of 16, but the devastating magnitude 7.1 earthquake that hit southeast of Mexico City has put the day’s matches on hold. Organizers released a short statement announcing the news:
Liga MX and Ascenso MX report that in the wake of today’s events, the corresponding commitments to the round of 16 of the Copa MX will be rescheduled.
Dates and times will be announced in the next few days.
The earthquake hit at approximately 1:15 p.m. local time, about 76 miles from from Mexico City. The city’s airport suspended operations after the quake and Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto announced that at least 27 buildings have collapsed. At least 42 people have died so far; footage coming out of Mexico is extremely scary.
Today’s earthquake came on the anniversary of a magnitude 8.0 earthquake that shook Mexico City in 1985, and a USGS seismologist said she suspected that it might have been an aftershock from a magnitude 8.1 quake that shook the coast of Oaxaca on Sept. 7.