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Mexico: 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes near Acapulco


A 7.2-magnitude earthquake has hit Mexico City, shaking buildings for at least 30 seconds and causing widespread panic.

The quake was registered at a depth of 15 miles, according to the US Geological Survey.

Its epicenter was in the western state of Guerrero, near the seaside resort of Acapulco.

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake has hit Mexico City, shaking buildings for at least 30 seconds and causing widespread panic

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake has hit Mexico City, shaking buildings for at least 30 seconds and causing widespread panic (photo AP)

There are no reports of casualties or significant damage, but frightened residents across the Mexican capital fled their homes as the tremor began.

The earthquake was felt in several southern and western Mexican states at 09:27 local time.

Windows were broken and trees fell in Chilpancingo, capital of Guerrero.

In Acapulco, where many tourists were enjoying the Easter holiday, there were scenes of panic.

Mexico lies on top of three continental plates and is regularly shaken by tremors.

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