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7.2-magnitude quake strikes near Mexico coast

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A shake map shows the intensity of a 7.2-magnitude quake that struck near Mexico’s Pacific coast on April 18, 2014. Yellow areas represent reports of “strong” shaking, while blue represent “light” to “moderate” shaking. (Photo: U.S. Geological Society)

(CNN) — A shallow, 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck southern Mexico’s Guerrero state Friday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake’s preliminary magnitude was 7.5, but was later downgraded slightly by the USGS.

It occurred on the Pacific Coast between the major resort towns of Acapulco and Zijuatanejo during Holy Week, when Mexicans traditionally flock to the beaches and resorts run at full capacity.

The quake happened at 9:27 a.m. local time (10:27 a.m. ET) about 19 miles (31 kilometers) northwest of Tecpan, Mexico, according to the Mexican National Seismological Service, which measured the quake at 7.0.

The quake’s depth at the epicenter was a shallow 6 miles (10 kilometers), Mexican officials said.

At least one building was damaged in Mexico City, nearly seven hours away.

Tecpan is 54 miles (87 kilometers) northwest of Acapulco.

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