Mexico Earthquake, Magnitude 7.2, Rattles City, But No Major Damage

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Friday, 18 Apr 2014 04:18 PM

By Ken Mandel

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A powerful earthquake struck southern Mexico's Guerrero state Friday, causing buildings to shake and sending people scrambling.

The quake was centered 23 miles north of the municipality of Tecpan de Galeana in Guerrero, which is 54 miles northwest of the popular Acapulco beach resort.

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The magnitude 7.2 earthquake didn't cause major damage, and the U.S. Pacific Warning Center said it didn't expect the quake to trigger a tsunami.

Electricity was lost in parts of the city and some residents reported paintings falling off walls, but that was enough to scare them.

"I had to hold on to a tree, like a drunk," Pedro Hernandez, 68, a doorman in central Mexico City, told Reuters.

Tremors were felt in Barra de Potosi, a village nearly three hours from where the earthquake hit, according to Gustavo Lozano, who was home.

"There was no way not to feel it," Lozano told CNN. "It was extremely strong."

The area has seen its share of earthquakes. On Sept. 19, 1985, an 8.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico City, killing 10,000 people and inuring another 30,000. In March 2012, a 7.4 magnitude quake hit Mexico, but didn't cause major damage.

Earlier this month, Chile was hit by a magnitude 8.2 quake, which triggered a tsunami that hit the northern part of the country. Officials said at least two people died and three others were seriously injured.

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