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Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital

Earthquake Rocks Mexico

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) - A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets, where broken windows and debris fell, but there were no early reports of major damage or casualties.

The U.S. Geological Survey said it was centered northwest of the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter holiday.

It was felt across at least a half-dozen states and Mexico's capital, where it shook for at least 30 seconds. Around the region, there were reports of isolated and minor damage, such as fallen fences, trees and broken windows. Chilpancingo, capital of the southern state of Guerrero, where the quake was centered, reported a power outage, but service was restored after 15 minutes.

In Acapulco, 59-year-old Enedina Ramirez Perez was having breakfast, enjoying the holiday with about 20 family members, when her hotel started to shake.

"People were turning over chairs in their desperation to get out, grabbing children, trampling people," the Mexico City woman said. "The hotel security was excellent and starting calming people down. They got everyone to leave quietly."

The quake struck 170 miles (273 kilometers) southwest of Mexico City, where people fled high rises and took to the streets, many in still in their bathrobes and pajamas on their day off.

"I started to hear the walls creak and I said, 'Let's go,'" said Rodolfo Duarte, 32, who fled his third-floor apartment.

"This is really strong," said Gabriel Alejandro Hernandez Chavez, 45, an apartment building guard in Mexico City. "And I'm accustomed to earthquakes."

The USGS initially calculated the quake's magnitude at 7.5, but later downgraded it to 7.2. It said the quake was centered 22 miles (36 kilometers) northwest of the town of Tecpan de Galeana, and was 15 miles (24 kilometers) deep.

In many cases of earthquakes in Mexico, it can take time to receive word from remote areas near the epicenter, where damage could be more extensive. No one answered the phone at the city hall for Tecpan de Galeana.

Mexico City itself is vulnerable even to distant earthquakes because much of it sits atop the muddy sediments of drained lake beds that quiver as quake waves hit.

The magnitude-8.1 quake in 1985 that killed at least 6,000 people and destroyed many buildings in Mexico City was centered 250 miles (400 kilometers) away on the Pacific Coast.

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ga7smi April 18 2014 at 4:07 PM

been happening for millenia

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johnferguson1965 April 18 2014 at 3:59 PM

been a lot of quakes (world wide) lately ???

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cayce58 johnferguson1965 April 18 2014 at 5:12 PM

There is a prophesy about that. A gradual increase in earthquake and volcanic activity leading up to a magnetic reversal. Before you scoff, we are 50,000 years overdue for a reversal and the earth's magnetism is changing in certain areas and getting weaker overall.

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jerri2222 cayce58 April 18 2014 at 9:27 PM

it's called vecaleralizsm...

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borisiak April 18 2014 at 1:08 PM

Earthquakes all around the ring of fire Salomon Isl., Chile, now Mexico , where next?

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jesuaphn borisiak April 18 2014 at 1:16 PM

If I was living in California I would be packing right now!

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Ashleigh jesuaphn April 18 2014 at 2:03 PM

CA is fine as far as earthquakes go. I survived the Loma Prieta quake in '89. No damage to our home. The media over did it by showing the worst area over and over and over. Most people were absolutely fine, just a bit shaken.

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djchavez2020 jesuaphn April 18 2014 at 3:19 PM

YES jesuaphn, I just recently tried to discourage my niece about moving to California next year, if the earth wakes don't get you the high cost of living and taxes, she will have to have two full time jobs....

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djchavez2020 borisiak April 18 2014 at 3:15 PM


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ChingOW Mango April 18 2014 at 1:06 PM

Seems like Mexico City is a 'sitting duck' for THE BIG ONE!

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bgrumpy105 April 18 2014 at 3:45 PM

It must have been so scary for them. My thoughts and prayers for all and for the work they have ahead for them that will need to be done whether small or not

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Kim April 18 2014 at 12:41 PM

There has been a lot of earthquakes lately .....

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metepec Kim April 18 2014 at 12:54 PM

I think it has to do with the Sun flipping its magnetic poles and the ecylpse

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dccb3 April 18 2014 at 4:17 PM

thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by this earthquake

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mikoel7 April 18 2014 at 7:26 PM

oh that selfies again? wow, I know that comments from those strangers people? ah

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Maria Martinez April 18 2014 at 9:56 PM

If the genera lpublic could watch a seismometer the way they watch their clocks, we all would see that the earth is constantly quaking and shaking under our feet, but most tremors are too small and too quick to be felt by human beings. But animals can hear, feel and sense what we cannot, and pets may howl and hide in panic, farm animals run amok and goldfish is a bowl may even jump out and die when a major quake is soon to begin. These warning signs can save people'slives, and they come on a lot faster than TV broadcasts, especially when the electricity sudden;ly goes out.

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muvcritic Maria Martinez April 18 2014 at 10:02 PM

More accurately, "some" animals can sense what we cannot. We recently had a fairly big quake for our region, which shook our whole state for five seconds. "Dax" didn't even wake up.

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biG MikE Maria Martinez April 18 2014 at 10:34 PM


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Steve April 18 2014 at 12:03 PM

That's been quite a few quakes along the 'Pacific Rim'. Is this the build up to something BIG somewhere?

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Kate Steve April 18 2014 at 12:19 PM

There have been earthquakes in the ring of fire for as long as there have been people around to feel them, and far longer than that according to geological evidence. They are normal, and don't indicate build up to anything. Big ones are normal too.

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opnyde Kate April 18 2014 at 2:10 PM

You can stick your head in the sand all you want Kate. When the great tribulation occurs. I don't want to here anyone say " Nobody told me".

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