Southern Mexico rocked by earthquake

Southern Mexico rocked by earthquake

A strong 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit southern Mexico, damaging some 800 homes near the epicenter in Pacfic coast regions.

The quake hit hardest in the border area of southern Oaxaca and Guerrero states, which includes the resort of Acapulco.

Officials in Guerrero confirmed that some 800 homes had been damaged, with another 60 having collapsed. A less powerful, magnitude-5.1 aftershock was felt in the capital and several other aftershocks near the epicentre in a mountainous rural region.

Interior secretary Alejandro Poire said late last night that nine people were injured in Oaxaca and two in Mexico City, but no one had died. Mexico City airport closed for a time but officials said there was no runway damage and flights resumed.

Telephone service was down in the city and throughout the area where the quake was felt and some areas were left without power.


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