Buildings collapse as 800 homes damaged by violent Mexico quake (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

A magnitude 7.4 earthquake shook Mexico on Tuesday afternoon, destroying hundreds of homes and causing people to flee their offices in panic. Despite the quake’s destructive power, no deaths have been reported.

The quake, which centered in the country’s south, reportedly injured nine people in the Mexican state of Oaxaca and two more in the Mexico City. In the state of Guerrero 800 homes have been damaged and 60 more collapsed, officials report. Authorities said absence of tall buildings in the affected areas, mostly mountainous and rural, is a prime reason for the lack of casualities.

View of a bus damaged by a bridge which collapsed following a strong quake that hit Mexico on March 20, 2012 (AFP Photo / Ronaldo Schemidt)
View of a bus damaged by a bridge which collapsed following a strong quake that hit Mexico on March 20, 2012 (AFP Photo / Ronaldo Schemidt)
People run to safety on the streets of Mexico City after a strong quake hits Mexico on March 20, 2012 (AFP Photo / Ronaldo Schemidt)
People run to safety on the streets of Mexico City after a strong quake hits Mexico on March 20, 2012 (AFP Photo / Ronaldo Schemidt)
Patients evacuated from a hospital damaged by an earthquake on Tuesday lie in a makeshift emergency room in Ometepec in the Mexican state of Guerrero March 20, 2012 (Reuters / Jacob Garcia)
Patients evacuated from a hospital damaged by an earthquake on Tuesday lie in a makeshift emergency room in Ometepec in the Mexican state of Guerrero March 20, 2012 (Reuters / Jacob Garcia)
Workers clear debris from a collapsed bridge in Mexico City, in this still image taken from video after an 7.4-magnitude quake shook Mexico on March 20, 2012 (Reuters / Reuters Television)
Workers clear debris from a collapsed bridge in Mexico City, in this still image taken from video after an 7.4-magnitude quake shook Mexico on March 20, 2012 (Reuters / Reuters Television)