Hundreds of houses damaged after strong quake hits Mexico

Mexican officials were assessing damage Wednesday, a day after a strong earthquake left homes in ruins and rattled residents hundreds of miles away. At least 11 people were injured in the 7.4-magnitude quake, which hit mid-day Tuesday in southern Mexico, CNN informs. Its epicenter was about 15 miles (25 kilometers) east of Ometepec, Guerrero. At least 500 homes in the southern coastal state were damaged, Gov. Angel Aguirre told reporters. Nine of the 11 injuries occurred in Oaxaca state, which borders Guerrero and also suffered damage from the quake, said Mexican Interior Minister Alejandro Poire.Two people were injured in Mexico City, about 200 miles (320 km) from the quake’s epicenter. Guerrero residents felt aftershocks hours after the quake, which the United States Geological Survey said had a depth of about 12.4 miles (20 km). “There are many cracked ceilings, many houses that collapsed,” Francisca Villalva Davila, Ometepec’s comptroller, told CNN en Español. Reports differed about the earthquake’s impact.

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