Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Mexico earthquake rattles buildings, residents

This post has been updated.

A major 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck 120 miles east of Acapulco on Mexico's Pacific coast, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.  

Workers and resident gather at the Angel de la Independencia square after evacuating buildings in Mexico City during a 7.6 magnitude earthquake Tuesday. (Daruio Lopez-Mills - AP)
In Mexico City, the temblor shook buildings and sent people flooding into the streets, the Associated Press reports. Cell phone lines went down and traffic jammed in the moments after the quake, but the president said there were no immediate reports of major damage. The Post’s correspondent in Mexico, Nick Miroff, felt the quake:

The quake was followed by a less powerful aftershock that was also felt in Mexico City.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center told Reuters that the quake would not generate a destructive tsunami, but that there could be some local tsunami effects.

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