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M5.8 earthquake rocks Mexico: SSM

Xinhua | Updated: 2013-04-22 11:31

M5.8 earthquake rocks Mexico: SSM

People wait outside a shopping mall after an earthquake struck in Mexico City April 21, 2013. [Photo/Agencies]

BEIJING - A 5.8-magnitude quake hit Mexico on Sunday evening, the Mexico's National Seismic Service (SSM) said.

The SSM said the epicenter was 10 kilometers south of Lazaro Cardenas city in the state of Michoacan. The earthquake was felt in Mexico City as well as in the states of Michoacan, Guerrero, Morelos and Jalisco.

The earthquake shook buildings in Mexico City and prompted residents to run outdoors and many government buildings were evacuated.

There were no fatal casualties or damages to buildings, said Mexico City's mayor Miguel Angel Mancera at his Twitter account.

"Flying over the city, everything is normal, just evacuations due to earthquake. The subway service was suspended for a moment but it was restored," Mancera said.

Mexico's director of Civil Protection Fausto Lugo said all the public services in the country are working normally.

Mexican Interior Minister Osorio Chong said the tremor was felt more clearly in Michoacan and its surrounding areas, but the authorities have not reported injuries or damages in any state.

Earlier Sunday, the US Geological Survey reported the temblor measured at magnitude 5.9, with its epicenter located 33 km northwest of La Union and 327 km southwest of Mexico city at a depth of 73.9 km.

China Earthquake Networks Center placed the magnitude of the tremor at 6.4.


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