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More than 40 aftershocks after big Mexico quake

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 23:15

Mexico City: More than 40 aftershocks shook
the Mexican capital and southern areas after a long and
powerful 7.4-magnitude earthquake left 11 hurt and damaged
dozens of buildings, officials said on Wednesday.

Aftershocks of up to 5.0-magnitude continued some 12 hours
after the quake, which occurred just after midday yesterday
with its epicentre south of the Pacific resort of Acapulco,
according to the National Seismological Service.

Experts surveyed cracks in walls and roads and twisted
train lines in central and southern areas and the sprawling
capital today.

"The urban infrastructure of the city perfectly supported
the quake," said Elias Moreno Brizuela, director of the city`s
civil protection services, on W Radio.

"Up to now we`ve seen no structural damage."

The quake was one of the strongest to shake the capital
since 1985, when an 8.1-magnitude temblor left between 6,000
and 30,000 dead, according to officials and rescue
organisations respectively.

Guerrero state governor Angel Aguirre said that some 1,600
houses in four municipalities of the coastal region known as
the Costa Chica, in Guerrero and Oaxaca states, had been
damaged in the quake.(AFP)

First Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 08:53
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