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7.2 quake damages homes, but Mexico avoids major destruction
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico appeared Saturday to have escaped major destruction after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake rattled the country, but it rekindled fears in a population that still sees daily reminders of deadly earthquakes that struck five months ago. The Interior Department said in a statement that 50 homes suffered significant structural damage in Santiago Jamiltepec, Oaxaca state, along with other damage to the city hall and main church. The national electricity commission said nearly 1 million users lost power, but it was expected to be restored over the course of the day.But a military helicopter carrying officials assessing damage from the quake crashed in the country's south late Friday, killing 13 people and injuring 15, all of them on the ground.