At least 32,000 homes damaged in Mexico quake

Last Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 23:54

Chilpancingo: At least 32,000 homes
were damaged by an earthquake in southern Mexico, but no one
was killed and just 13 people were injured, authorities said.

Angel Aguirre, governor of the southern Guerrero state,
said yesterday that preliminary reports indicated that 30,000
homes had been damaged, with 800 of them destroyed completely,
by Tuesday`s powerful 7.4-magnitude earthquake.

He added that a shelter had been set up for some 200
displaced families.

Gabino Cue, governor of the neighbouring Oaxaca state,
reported that 2,000 homes had been damaged as well as several
public buildings.

The damage was more limited in Mexico City, but Mayor
Marcelo Ebrard said some 250,000 people were without running
water because of severed pipes.

The earthquake -- with its epicentre south of the Pacific
resort of Acapulco -- was the most powerful to hit the country
since one in 1985, which destroyed entire neighbourhoods of
the capital and killed thousands.

More than 40 aftershocks, some of up to 5.0 magnitude,
shook the Mexican capital and southern areas in the aftermath
of Tuesday`s earthquake, according to the National
Seismological Service.(AFP)

PTI



First Published: Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 23:54

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