7.4 magnitude earthquake hits Mexico city


Mexico City, Mar 21: A massive earthquake has struck Mexico city on Tuesday and is reported to be of 7.4 magnitude. The quake is believed to have struck at 12.02 pm at a depth of 17.5 km, Xinhua cited the US Geological Survey (USGS) as saying. [Read: Barack Obama's daughter escapes death in Mexico]

According to the USGS, the epicentre of the quake is located 193 km east of the famous tourist resort of Acapulco on the Pacific coast in Guerrero state. Buildings swayed and residents panicked due to the impact of the quake. According to residents, buildings in the heavily-populated residential area of Condesa in the capital shook for several minutes.

There are no reports of casualties or damages yet. The Mexican capital has a population of close to 20 million people. Mexico's National Seismological Survey said the tremblor had an epicenter southwest of Ometepec in Guerrero state.

President Felipe Calderon stated through his twitter account that there were no immediate reports of damages. 62 year old, Rosa Maria Lopez Velazquez who was outside a mall in Mexico city commented, "I have problems with pressure, I felt I was going to faint."

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