Improved construction that followed seismic codes helped avert loss of life in Mexico temblor

A magnitude-7.4 earthquake that shook Mexico from Mexico City to Acapulco damaged hundreds of homes and sent thousands fleeing from swaying office buildings, yet no one was killed, according to early reports.

March 30, 2012

A magnitude-7.4 earthquake that shook Mexico from Mexico City to Acapulco damaged hundreds of homes and sent thousands fleeing from swaying office buildings, yet no one was killed, according to early reports.

Seismologists and civil protection officials said improved construction in the capital following a massive 1985 quake, along with the location and nature of the quake, limited damage and loss of life.

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