Mexico City Quake 2012: 7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Capital (Photo and Video)

By on Mar 21, 2012 in Natural Disasters, Science, World Comments
Mexico City Quake 2012

Mexico City Quake 2012 damage
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A Mexico City quake, measured at 7.4 magnitude by the US Geological Survey (USGS), reportedly shaken the capital at noon local time (18:06 GMT) on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. The preliminary Mexico City quake was followed by an aftershock measuring at 5.1 magnitude. The epicenter of the Mexico City earthquake was determined by the USGS at 11 miles underground.

Over 60 houses and a pedestrian bridge near the epicenter of the quake reportedly collapsed. Mexicans reportedly went out of shaking buildings around the capital.

Tuesday’s Mexico City quake is reportedly one of the strongest to shake the capital since the 1985 magnitude-8.0 earthquake. The strong aftershock in the capital and around the borders of Oaxaca and Guerrero sent residents into panic. Workers and residents gathered into the streets of the capital. Reports say that telephone service was inaccessible and some areas even lost power.

There were no immediate reports of death or serious injury caused by the quake.

Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard quickly set up a hotline that will accept reports of damages within the capital.

Guerrero Governor Angel Aguirre personally led authorities in assessing the damage brought about by the Mexico City quake.

Below is a TheMovieLinker Youtube video that provides additional information on the Mexico City quake.

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