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Power Cuts Reported After 7.2-Magnitude Quake Hits Mexico (1)

April 18, 2014

Buildings swayed in Mexico City and some neighborhoods lost power after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck about 273 kilometers (170 miles) southwest of the capital of Latin America’s second-largest economy.

The tremor had a depth of 46 kilometers and was located 36 kilometers from the town of Tecpan de Galeana in Guerrero state, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter was located about 140 kilometers northwest of Acapulco, the USGS said.

In Mexico City, some families and tourists evacuated their buildings while corporate offices were mostly empty amid the long holiday weekend. Video images from a TV Azteca helicopter showed light traffic on the city’s main avenues. Capital residents posted images of minor damage on their Twitter accounts, including wall fissures and loose ceiling fixtures.

Mexico City Mayor Miguel Mancera confirmed blackouts and collapsed walls in portions of the city while saying there were no early reports of injuries, according to his official Twitter account.

“We only have reports of some walls and ceiling fixtures falling,” National Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente said in an interview broadcast by TV Azteca. Power should resume shortly for most of the affected areas, he said.

Petroleos Mexicanos, Mexico’s state-owned oil company, had no reports of damage, a press official, who asked not be be named according to internal policy, said in a phone interview.

The USGS initially calculated the earthquake’s magnitude at 7.5 before downgrading it to 7.2. The temblor is the biggest since a 7.4 quake struck the state of Oaxaca in 2012 and left no casualties, according to USGS data. In 1985, an 8.0-magnitude quake flattened hundreds of buildings in the capital, leaving more than 9,000 people dead.

To contact the reporters on this story: Eduardo Thomson in Santiago at ethomson1@bloomberg.net; Carlos Manuel Rodriguez in Mexico City at carlosmr@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Nancy Moran at nmoran@bloomberg.net Adam Cataldo at acataldo@bloomberg.net


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