A powerful earthquake rattled Southern Mexico Friday morning, sending people scrambling into the streets in populated areas such as Mexico City. There were no early reports of major damage, injuries, or loss of life.
The earthquake struck on the Pacific coast near Acapulco, registering at 7.5 magnitude, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
Luis Felipe Puente, head of the Mexican government’s emergency services, said on Twitter there were no immediate reports of damage and the U.S. Pacific Warning Center said it did not expect the quake to trigger a destructive tsunami.
Nevertheless, 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.
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