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A long lasting, intense earthquake shook southern Mexico today. Centered in Guerri state, the 7.6 earthquake had building swaying in Mexico City. Frightened residents and workers quickly evacuated their homes and workplaces to the safety of the streets.

It was reported that some 800 plus homes were damaged and at least 60 buildings collapsed near the epicenter. So far there are no reports of serious injury or fatalities. Many aftershocks including a 5.1 magnitude were also felt in the capital. Power and telecomunications are out in many areas around the epicenter.

This quake caused much more damage than the 6.5 magnitude earthquake back in December. The area arround Guerri state, has seen other large quakes such as the 7.4 magnitude back in 1995, and the terrible 8.0 magnitude earthquake of 1985 that claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people. The good news is that they have been preparing for these events, like everyone should, and this time the losses may be limited to property, not lives.

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