Magnitude 7.4 earthquake strikes Mexico; no fatalities reported
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
A significant earthquake has impacted Mexico on a part of the coast bordering the . No fatalities have been reported thus far.
has registered the magnitude of the earthquake today as 7.4. USGS has attributed the quake epicentre to a location 25 kilometres (15 miles) to the east of in the state of , in close proximity to the city of . The depth of the epicentre was approximately 18 kilometres (11 miles) below surface level, USGS clarified.
A statement from a state governor in Guerrero reported damage to five hundred houses in the state. In the capital Mexico City, a pedestrian bridge was also reported to have collapsed, crushing a minibus in the process.
According to Mexican seismological service director Carlos Valdes Gonzalez, six aftershocks have occurred in the aftermath of the earthquake, with one measuring at magnitude 5.3. Additional aftershocks were anticipated for another 24 hours, Gonzalez claimed.