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21 Mar, 2012 10:37

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

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.