Mexico shaken by powerful earthquake

As Tim Allman reports, cracks in walls show how powerful the quake was

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

The magnitude-7.2 quake was registered at a depth of 24km (15 miles), according to the US Geological Survey.

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

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 (14:27 GMT).

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.

"People were turning over chairs in their desperation to get out, grabbing children, trampling people,'' 59-year-old Enedina Ramirez Perez told the AP news agency.

Like many tourists, she was having breakfast when the quake struck.

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

In 1985, at least 10,000 people were killed in Mexico City by a magnitude-8.1 earthquake.

Residents after Mexico City quake The quake was more powerful than recent tremors, prompting Mexico City residents to rush into the streets
Earthquake damage in Chilpancingo Walls collapsed and trees fell in the Chilpancingo, near the quake's epicentre
People outside hospital in Puebla A hospital was also partially evacuated in the city of Puebla, outside the Mexican capital
Residents after Mexico City quake Mexico City residents were reluctant to return to their homes after the early morning quake
Residents after Mexico City quake Correspondents say buildings in the capital are much better prepared to cope with earthquakes than in 1985, when the city centre was devastated by a magnitude- 8.1 tremor

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