December 18, 2014
Powerful earthquake strikes Mexico
A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck central and southern Mexico today, shaking buildings in the capital and sending people running out into the street though there were no early reports of major damage.
The quake was centered in the southwestern state of Guerrero, close to the Pacific beach resort of Acapulco, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.
The city is currently crowded with tourist, vacationing for Easter holiday. Many were seen evacuating their hotel rooms.
Mexico City was also affected. Residents of the capital were shaken by the quake, one of the biggest to hit Mexico in several years. "I had to hold on to a tree, like a drunk," said Pedro Hernandez, 68, a doorman working in central Mexico City.
Luis Felipe Puente, head of the Mexican government's emergency services, said on Twitter there were no immediate reports of damage and the US Pacific Warning Center said it did not expect the quake to trigger a destructive tsunami.