Mexico Earthquake: 7.6-magnitude Acapulco earthquake

March 20, 2012 by staff 

Mexico Earthquake: 7.6-magnitude Acapulco earthquake, A major 7.6 magnitude earthquake lasting several minutes has struck 200 km (120 miles) east of Acapulco on Mexico’s Pacific coast shaking buildings as far as the capital.

The quake was felt hundreds of kilometers away in Mexico City where office employees fled into the street, according to witnesses. Cell phone lines were down and traffic snarled in the capital moments after the quake.

The U.S. Geological Survey located the epicenter of the quake at 525 km (15 miles) east of Ometepec in Guerrero state at a depth of 18 km (10.9 miles).

No damage was reported in Oaxaca, near where the quake hit, according to local television.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the inland earthquake would not generate a destructive widespread tsunami, but there was the possibility of some local tsunami effects.

Earlier it had been reported at 7.9 magnitude and initially as 7.6 magnitude.

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