Earthquakes Rattle Mexico: Hundreds of Homes Destroyed, Damaged


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Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images(MEXICO CITY) — Two new earthquakes shook nearly 20 million people overnight in Mexico, which was already rattled Tuesday by a massive 7.4-magnitude tremor that ranked as one of the strongest in the country since a quake killed thousands almost 27 years.

The epicenter of Tuesday’s quake took place in Guerrero state, which sits about 115 miles outside the popular beach resort Acapulco.  The quake even shook the capital of Mexico City, which was devastated by the 1985 quake that claimed the lives of at least 10,000 people.

Nine people were injured in Oaxaca and two in Mexico City, but no one died in Tuesday’s quake, Interior Secretary Alejandro Poire said late Tuesday night.  Minimum damage was reported in Mexico City, where Mayor Marcelo Ebrard said that phone lines were down and some areas were without power.

The border area of Oaxaca and Guerrero were hit hardest Tuesday.  Officials confirmed that 800 homes sustained serious damage, while 60 collapsed.

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