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Southern Mexico struck by 7.2 magnitude earthquake

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Tom Watkins

CNN

(CNN) — A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck southern Mexico’s Guerrero state Friday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake occurred on the Pacific Coast between the major resort towns of Acapulco and Zijuatanejo during Holy Week, when Mexicans traditionally flock to the beaches and resorts run at full capacity.

The quake happened at 9:27 a.m. local time (10:27 a.m. ET) about 19 miles (31 kilometers) northwest of Tecpan, Mexico, according to the Mexican National Seismological Service, which measured the quake at 7.0.

The quake’s depth at the epicenter was a shallow 6 miles (10 kilometers), Mexican officials said.

At least one building was damaged in Mexico City, nearly seven hours away.

Tecpan is 54 miles (87 kilometers) northwest of Acapulco.

CNN’s Kurt Muller, Jason Hanna and Nelson Quinones contributed to this report.CNN Staff

 

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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