7.4 quake shakes south Mexico, rattles capital

MEXICO CITY - A strong, 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit central and southern Mexico Tuesday, damaging some 800 homes near the epicenter and swaying tall buildings and spreading fear and panic hundreds of miles away in the capital, Mexico City.

One of the strongest to shake Mexico since the deadly 1985 temblor that killed thousands in Mexico City, Tuesday’s quake hit hardest in the border area of southern Oaxaca and Guerrero states. Officials in Guerrero confirmed that some 800 homes had been damaged, with an additional 60 having collapsed.

Hours after the shaking, there were still no reports of death or serious injury, even after a less powerful, 5.1-magnitude aftershock was felt in the capital and there were several other aftershocks near the epicenter in a mountainous rural region.


In Mexico City, frightened workers and residents poured into the streets of the capital. Telephone service was down in the city, and throughout the area where the quake was felt and some neighborhoods were without power, according to Mayor Marcelo Ebrard, who set up a hotline for people to report damage.

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A pedestrian bridge collapsed on an empty transit bus.

About 40 passengers were stranded for a short time on the Mexico City airport air train, but were later released, unharmed.