Yesterday, a 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck southern Mexico, destroying homes, and sending at least 11 people to the hospital. Pieces of buildings crumbled and fell as far away as Mexico City – approximately 200 miles from the quake’s epicenter. The epicenter is not being reported as about 15 miiles east of Ometepec, Guerrero.
Guerrero residents are reporting they felt aftershocks for hours after the initial quake, and news reports now indicate that many residents slept out of doors for fear of their houses collapsing. Officials are reporting hundreds of homes have been destroyed and many more severely damaged, but the numbers are likely to increase as assessments roll in.
Travelers in the resort city of Acapulco, located about 100 miles from the quake’s epicenter, reported feeling the earth shake and many ran into the streets and out of buildings. Telephone service and electricity were interrupted.
See the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Quake Hazards Program report for the Magnitude 7.4 Earthquake in Oaxaca, Mexico.