Mexico City shopping center collapses; no reported deaths

MEXICO CITY, July 12 (Reuters) - A portion of a multilevel luxury shopping center in Mexico City collapsed on Thursday, sending debris flying and kicking up clouds of gray dust, television images showed.

No deaths or injuries were immediately reported at the site, Mexico's civil protection agency said.

The shopping center, called Artz Pedregal, in the south of the capital opened in March, according to local media.

Mexico City's head of civil protection Fausto Lugo said that the cause was structural, but that experts would need to investigate whether the specific problem related to its design, construction or materials.

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Police officers secure the area after a shopping mall partially collapsed for unknown causes, in Mexico City on July 12, 2018. (Photo by RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP) (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers secure the area after a shopping mall partially collapsed for unknown causes, in Mexico City on July 12, 2018. (Photo by RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP) (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers secure the area after a shopping mall partially collapsed for unknown causes, in Mexico City on July 12, 2018. (Photo by RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP) (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers secure the area after a shopping mall partially collapsed for unknown causes, in Mexico City on July 12, 2018. (Photo by RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP) (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
View of a shopping mall after it partially collapsed for unknown causes, in Mexico City on July 12, 2018. (Photo by RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP) (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers secure the area after a shopping mall partially collapsed for unknown causes, in Mexico City on July 12, 2018. (Photo by RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP) (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
Fallen sections of the Artz Pedregal shopping mall lie on the ground in Mexico City, Mexico, on Thursday, July 12, 2018. A section of the high-end fashion�mall�inaugurated a mere three months ago collapsed Thursday afternoon in Mexico City. Photographer: Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Security officials stand in front of the collapsed section of the Artz Pedregal shopping mall in Mexico City, Mexico, on Thursday, July 12, 2018. A section of the high-end fashionmallinaugurated a mere three months ago collapsed Thursday afternoon in Mexico City. Photographer: Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A member of the special forces stands in front of the collapsed section of the Artz Pedregal shopping mall in Mexico City, Mexico, on Thursday, July 12, 2018. A section of the high-end fashion�mall�inaugurated a mere three months ago collapsed Thursday afternoon in Mexico City. Photographer: Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg via Getty Images
The collapsed section of the Artz Pedregal shopping mall is seen in Mexico City, Mexico, on Thursday, July 12, 2018. A section of the high-end fashion�mall�inaugurated a mere three months ago collapsed Thursday afternoon in Mexico City. Photographer: Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Police officers and officials stand in front of the collapsed section of the Artz Pedregal shopping mall in Mexico City, Mexico, on Thursday, July 12, 2018. A section of the high-end fashion�mall�inaugurated a mere three months ago collapsed Thursday afternoon in Mexico City. Photographer: Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Workers survey the damage to the Artz Pedregal shopping mall in Mexico City, Mexico, on Thursday, July 12, 2018. A section of the high-end fashion�mall�inaugurated a mere three months ago collapsed Thursday afternoon in Mexico City. Photographer: Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg via Getty Images
The LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton Se store is seen in the collapsed section of the Artz Pedregal shopping mall in Mexico City, Mexico, on Thursday, July 12, 2018. A section of the high-end fashion�mall�inaugurated a mere three months ago collapsed Thursday afternoon in Mexico City. Photographer: Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A helicopter flies above the collapsed section of the Artz Pedregal shopping mall in Mexico City, Mexico, on Thursday, July 12, 2018. A section of the high-end fashionmallinaugurated a mere three months ago collapsed Thursday afternoon in Mexico City. Photographer: Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Fallen sections of the Artz Pedregal shopping mall lie on the ground in Mexico City, Mexico, on Thursday, July 12, 2018. A section of the high-end fashion�mall�inaugurated a mere three months ago collapsed Thursday afternoon in Mexico City. Photographer: Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Security officials stand in front of the collapsed section of the Artz Pedregal shopping mall in Mexico City, Mexico, on Thursday, July 12, 2018. A section of the high-end fashion�mall�inaugurated a mere three months ago collapsed Thursday afternoon in Mexico City. Photographer: Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Workers inspect the collapsed section of the Artz Pedregal shopping mall in Mexico City, Mexico, on Thursday, July 12, 2018. A section of the high-end fashion�mall�inaugurated a mere three months ago collapsed Thursday afternoon in Mexico City. Photographer: Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Police officers stand guard outside the Artz Pedregal shopping mall in Mexico City, Mexico, on Thursday, July 12, 2018. A section of the high-end fashion�mall�inaugurated a mere three months ago collapsed Thursday afternoon in Mexico City. Photographer: Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Police officers stand guard in front of the collapsed section of the Artz Pedregal shopping mall in Mexico City, Mexico, on Thursday, July 12, 2018. A section of the high-end fashion�mall�inaugurated a mere three months ago collapsed Thursday afternoon in Mexico City. Photographer: Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A worker places security signs near the collapsed section of the Artz Pedregal shopping mall in Mexico City, Mexico, on Thursday, July 12, 2018. A section of the high-end fashion�mall�inaugurated a mere three months ago collapsed Thursday afternoon in Mexico City. Photographer: Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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He added that the center had all its permits in order.

Mexican planning officials developed a building code with strict safety standards after a 1985 quake toppled hundreds of buildings in Mexico City.

Even so, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake last September caused dozens of buildings to collapse and killed about 370 people in the capital and surrounding states, raising concern over Mexico's construction codes and practices. 

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