07 Apr '11, 2pm

Mexico hit by earthquake

MEXICO CITY : An earthquake measuring 6.5 struck southern and central Mexico on Thursday, but there were no initial reports of damage or casualties, Mexican and US officials said. The tremor was strong enough to shake buildings and restaurants hundreds of miles away in the capital Mexico City, residents said. US experts said the quake hit the Veracruz region at 8:11 am (1311 GMT) some 57 kilometres (35 miles) from the city of Las Choapas. It was 167 kilometres (101 miles) deep. The US Geological Survey measured the quake at 6.5 on the moment magnitude scale, and said the epicentre was almost 600 kilometres (370 miles) east of the capital. No warning of a destructive tsunami was generated, the Pacific Tsunami Warning centre said in a statement. The quake was especially felt in the southern state of Chiapas, which borders on Guatemala, an AFP correspondent reported. In Mexic...

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