21 Mar 2012

Magnitude 7.4 quake hits Mexico

4:22 pm on 21 March 2012

A major earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, unleashing panic as it damaged hundreds of buildings.

Office workers fled into the street when the 7.4-magnitude quake shook Mexico City for more than a minute.

The quake occurred 25km east of Ometepec in Guerrero state in Mexico's south west, near the Pacific Coast resort of Acapulco damaging 800 houses.

No tsunami warning has been issued.

The tremor was one of the strongest to hit the country since the 8.1-magnitude earthquake of 1985, which killed thousands in Mexico City.

The long, sustained quake was felt strongly in the capital Mexico City where buildings shook and office employees fled into the street.

Television images showed part of a bridge collapsed on a vehicle on the outskirts of the capital.

There have been several aftershocks.