The Mexican government has received no reports of casualties or major damage after a magnitude-7.2 earthquake off the Aztec nation’s southwestern Pacific coast, emergency services chief Luis Felipe Puente said.
“As of now I have no reports of human injuries,” he told MVS radio, while specifying that walls had been tumbled and power outages had occurred in some districts of the Mexican capital.
The seismic event took place at 9:27 a.m. (1427 GMT).
As to the possibility of a tsunami, he said the Mexican navy gave assurances that there was no risk of such a disaster, since the sea is moving “not more than 40 centimeters (15 3/4 inches).”
Puente urged the population to keep calm following the quake, whose epicenter was 10 kilometers (6 miles) deep off the coast of the southern state of Guerrero, and said there would be aftershocks throughout the day.
Mexico’s seismological institute said that up to 90 minutes after the temblor there were at least 15 aftershocks, but “none of a dangerous magnitude.”
Authorities in Guerrero said they had received no reports of casualties. Scenes of panic among tourists were observed along the coast, where they pour in for the Holy Week holidays.
In cities like Acapulco there were power outages and cuts to the mobile phone network. A landslide was also reported on the expressway connecting that center of tourism with Mexico City.