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7.5 Earthquake Strikes Southern Mexico

'One of the biggest to hit Mexico in several years'

Jacob Chamberlain

A powerful earthquake rattled Southern Mexico Friday morning, sending people scrambling into the streets in populated areas such as Mexico City. There were no early reports of major damage.

The earthquake struck on the Pacific coast near Acapulco, registering at 7.5 magnitude, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), one of the largest to strike Mexico in several years, Reuters reports.

"I had to hold on to a tree, like a drunk," Pedro Hernandez, 68, a doorman working in central Mexico City, told Reuters.

"There is a crisis of panic," Alicia Dominguez, who answered the phone at the civil protection office, told the Associated Press. "It's mainly the tourists who are shaken."

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