A strong 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck 170 miles (273 kilometers) southwest of Mexico City at about 9:30 a.m. (10:30 a.m. EDT; 1430 GMT) on Friday shaking central and southern Mexico .
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was centered 22 miles (36 kilometers) northwest of the town of Tecpan de Galeana, and was 15 miles (24 kilometers) deep.
There were reports of cracked walls, fallen fences and walls, fallen trees, broken windows and a power outage but there were no reports of major damage or casualties.
USGS seismologist Gavin Hayes said that the earthquake occurred along a section of the Pacific Coast known as the Guerrero Seismic Gap, a 125-mile (200-kilometer) section where tectonic plates meet and have been locked, meaning huge amounts of energy are being stored up with potentially devastating effects.
Rain water pours into the beach due to heavy rains caused by Tropical Storm Manuel in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. Flooding and landslides unleashed by Hurricane Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel have claimed at least a dozen lives in Mexico and sparked the evacuations of thousands of people even before the weather systems had made landfall on the country’s east and west coasts. (AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)
Tropical Depression Ingrid hit Mexico’s northern Gulf coast, while the remnants of Tropical Storm Manuel hit the Mexico’s Pacific coast, causing some of the worst flooding in decades.
The storms have affected two-thirds of the entire country brought very strong winds, heavy rains that caused flash floods and landslides.
Buildings were damaged, roads were washed out
At least 41 people were killed in the states of Veracruz, Guerrero, Puebla, Hidalgo, Michoacan and Oaxaca by the flooding and landslides.
Acapulco was hardest hit where at least 21 people were killed as buildings collapsed and roads were transformed into raging rivers.