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Powerful earthquake rattles Mexico, shakes buildings

By Dave Graham MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake shook Mexico on Friday, damaging more than 100 homes in the southwestern state of Guerrero and opening cracks in some buildings but there were no reports of deaths. Striking close to the popular beach resort of Acapulco, the 7.2 magnitude quake sent people scurrying out of homes and hotels, causing brief panic from the Pacific coast to states in central and eastern parts of Mexico.

Powerful quake rattles Mexico

A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake rattled Mexico's capital and Pacific coast on Friday, shaking buildings, shattering windows and prompting people to rush into the street as power went out. There were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries. The US Geological Survey said the earthquake's epicenter was 36 kilometers (22 miles) northwest of Tecpan, near the Pacific resort of Acapulco in southwestern Guerrero state. The quake, which it initially rated as a 7.5-magnitude, struck at a depth of 24 kilometers.

Strong quake rattles Mexico

A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake rattled Mexico's capital and Pacific coast on Friday, shaking buildings, shattering windows and prompting people to rush into the street as power went out. There were no immediate reports of major damage or injuries. The US Geological Survey said the earthquake's epicenter was 36 kilometers (22 miles) northwest of Tecpan, near the Pacific resort of Acapulco in southwestern Guerrero state. The quake, which it initially rated as a 7.5-magnitude, struck at a depth of 24 kilometers.

Powerful earthquake rattles Mexico, shakes buildings

By Dave Graham MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake struck Mexico on Friday, shaking buildings in the capital and sending people running out into the street, although there were no early reports of major damage. The magnitude 7.2 quake was centered in the southwestern state of Guerrero, close to the Pacific beach resort of Acapulco, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Mexico reports no casualties after strong quake

Mexico City, Apr 18 (EFE).- The Mexican government has received no reports of casualties or major damage after a magnitude-7.2 earthquake off the Aztec nation's southwestern Pacific coast, emergency services chief Luis Felipe Puente said. "As of now I have no reports of human injuries," he told MVS radio, while specifying that walls had been tumbled and power outages had occurred in some districts of the Mexican capital. The seismic event took place at 9:27 a.m. (1427 GMT).

Strong quake rattles Mexico

A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake rattled Mexico City on Friday, swaying buildings, shattering windows and prompting people to rush into the street as power went out, authorities said. The National Seismology Service said the quake's epicenter was 31 kilometers (19 miles) northwest of Tecpan, in the southwestern state of Guerrero, near the Pacific resort of Acapulco. The US Geological Survey gave a higher measurement of 7.5-magnitude for the quake, which took place at 9:27 am (1427 GMT).

Strong quake rattles Mexico City

A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake rattled Mexico City on Friday, swaying buildings, shattering windows and prompting people to rush into the street as power went out, authorities said. The National Seismology Service said the quake's epicenter was 31 kilometers (19 miles) northwest of Tecpan, in the southwestern state of Guerrero, near the Pacific resort of Acapulco. The US Geological Survey gave a higher measurement of 7.5-magnitude. There were no immediate reports of damage, said national civil protection chief Luis Felipe Puente.

Strong quake rattles Mexico City

A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake rattled Mexico City on Friday, swaying buildings, shattering windows and prompting people to rush into the street as power went out, authorities said. The National Seismology Service said the quake's epicenter was 31 kilometers (19 miles) northwest of Tecpan, in the southwestern state of Guerrero, near the Pacific resort of Acapulco. The US Geological Survey gave a higher measurement of 7.5-magnitude. There were no immediate reports of damage, said national civil protection chief Luis Felipe Puente.

New 6.6-magnitude quake hits Nicaragua

A 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit Nicaragua's Pacific region on Friday, one day after a quake of similar magnitude in the area left one person dead. An initial official report said the new earthquake had caused no known deaths or damage. The quake struck at 2:29 pm (2029 GMT) at a depth of 138 kilometers (86 miles), according to the US Geological Survey. The epicenter was 24 kilometers south of Granada and 56 kilometers southeast of the capital Managua, the USGS said.

Nicaragua earthquake leaves one dead

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Nicaragua killed one person, left 33 injured and damaged more than 800 homes, the government said Friday. President Daniel Ortega declared a state of emergency after Thursday's quake, centered in the Pacific coast region of the Central American nation. He said it caused significant damage and triggered panic among the population. The fatality was a 37-year-old woman who died of a heart attack, said officials at Carlos Roberto Huembes Hospital in Managua. Three of the injured were in serious condition.
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