A 7,4 earthquake shakes southern Mexico

A 7,4 earthquake shakes southern Mexico

Oaxaca : Mexico | Mar 20, 2012 at 7:09 PM PDT
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Mexico City, Mexico--A major earthquake, 7.4, hit southern Mexico on Tuesday damaging homes, swaying buildings, and spreading panic in Mexico City.

In southern Oaxaca and Guerrero states, it was confirmed by the local authorities that there were 800 homes damaged and 60 destroyed. At noon time no deaths were reported or serious injuries reported.

A 5.1 aftershock was felt in the capital, where frighten workers and residents ran into the streets of the capital. Telephone services affected in the city and in some neighborhoods the power was out, according to Mexico City Mayor. A hot line was set up by the mayor to report damages in the city. For a short while, passengers were stranded at the Mexico City air train.

The airport closed for a short time, so that the runways could be check for damages. Since they could not find any damages to the runways, the officials said that they could resumed operations. This was the strongest earthquake felt in Mexico's capital since a magnitude 6.5 hit in Guerrero in December.

The oldest daughter of the U. S. President Barack Obama was on vacation with a school group in Oaxaca when the quake hit--she was scared but safe. The United States Geological Survey(USGS) said that the first quake was a 7.4 and the epicenter was 11-miles underground and the aftershock was 5.1

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The temblor occurred at 7:47 pm (0147 GMT Sunday) about 166 kilometers (103 miles) southwest of Mexico City
The temblor occurred at 7:47 pm (0147 GMT Sunday) about 166 kilometers (103 miles) southwest of Mexico City
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