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A 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Mexico
A strong 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck 170 miles (273 kilometers) southwest of Mexico City at about 9:30 a.m. (10:30 a.m. EDT; 1430 GMT) on Friday shaking central and southern Mexico .
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was centered 22 miles (36 kilometers) northwest of the town of Tecpan de Galeana, and was 15 miles (24 kilometers) deep.
There were reports of cracked walls, fallen fences and walls, fallen trees, broken windows and a power outage but there were no reports of major damage or casualties.
USGS seismologist Gavin Hayes said that the earthquake occurred along a section of the Pacific Coast known as the Guerrero Seismic Gap, a 125-mile (200-kilometer) section where tectonic plates meet and have been locked, meaning huge amounts of energy are being stored up with potentially devastating effects.
Earthquake Hit China’s Sichuan, Killing At least 71
China’s Sichuan province was hit by an earthquake on Saturday morning April 20, 2013.
The official Xinhua news agency reported that at least 71 people were killed while more than 2200 others were injured.
The earthquake occurred at 8.02 a.m. (0002 GMT) in Lushan county near Ya’an city and the epicenter had a depth of 12 km (7.5 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said.
China’s seismological bureau measured the earthquake at magnitude-7 while the U.S. Geological Survey at 6.6.
It was reported that nearly all of the structures in Longmen village collapsed and that nearly 10,000 houses were damaged throughout the county.
Water and electricity were cut off in Lushan.
The shallow depth of the earthquake caused greater damages to the area.
Hard-hit parts of the county remained unreachable by road, with several highways cut off.
On May 12, 2008, a devastating 7.9-magnitude quake struck the nearby area leaving more than 90,000 people dead or missing and presumed dead.
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