Houses damaged, but no deaths from Mexico earthquake

An earthquake in Mexico City in 2008 forced people to evacuate buildings. A 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit the the country on March 20. Photo by: Randal Sheppard / CC BY-SA

Nearly three decades after an 8.0-magnitude earthquake killed thousands in its capital city, Mexico was hit once again with strong tremors noon of Tuesday, March 20.

The U.S. Geological Survey pins the epicenter of the 7.4-magnitude quake at Oaxaca, 322 kilometers south-southeast of Mexico City. Some 800 homes have been damaged and 60 have collapsed, but there were no reports of deaths or serious injuries, The Associated Press says.

Damage was most evident in areas near the border of Oaxaca and Guerrero states, which stand 20 kilometers above the quake’s epicenter. Guerrero Gov. Angel Aguirre sent emergency teams to assess the damage and provide assistance.

In Mexico City, a pedestrian bridge on the outskirts of the capital fell on a bus. There were no passengers and the driver did not suffer serious injuries, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The quake was felt in five states in Mexico and even in Guatemala, according to Bloomberg.

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