Mexico Earthquake Shakes Houses Near Epicenter

A strong magnitude-7.4 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Tuesday, reportedly collapsing at least 60 houses near the epicenter in Guerrero state.

Since the initial quake, several strong aftershocks have shaken the region, including a magnitude 5.1. So far, there are no reports of deaths or injuries.

The quake hit at 11:02 a.m. PT., centered near Ometepec, about 200 miles south of Mexico City. The U.S. Geological Survey initially said the earthquake was a magnitude 7.6, but it was later downgraded.

Kate Hutton from Caltech said the earthquake was shallow – about 11 miles below the surface. No tsunami warning was issued, Hutton said.

Over one of the main streets in Mexico City, a bridge collapsed and crushed a van. Jesus Osorio, who does boating excursions in Mexico, said a siren rang just before a 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck.

Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard Tweeted that they felt shaking, but the water system and other “strategic services” were not experiencing problems.

New Jersey resident Dan Reese was vacationing in Acapulco when the earthquake struck.

“Everything was shaking, people came running out of the building. I can’t see any damage from here, but there’s definitely sirens in the background and things going on,” he said.

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