Earthquake shakes Mexico City, no damage reports
This map prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey shows the epicentre of an earthquake near Santiago Pinotepa Nacional, Mexico on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. (www.usgs.gov)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, March 26, 2013 9:18AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, March 26, 2013 10:03AM EDT
MEXICO CITY -- Earthquakes shook a broad swath of southern Mexico on Tuesday, causing buildings to sway in the capital and sending thousands fleeing into the streets as quake alarms sounded. But there were no immediate reports of damages or injuries.
The U.S. Geological Survey said a magnitude-5.5 quake hit at 7:04 a.m. (9:04 a.m. EDT; 1304 GMT), centred about 10 miles (17 kilometres) west-southwest of Pinotepa Nacional on the Pacific Coast and 227 miles (365 kilometres) south-southeast of Mexico City.
Mexico Seismology Service initially calculated the quake's magnitude at 5.9.
A second quake struck near the same spot eight minutes later, also setting off alarms in the capital and causing people to evacuate tall buildings in the capital. The USGS calculated the magnitude of that quake at 5.1.
Mexico City's soft soil and geology make it especially sensitive to distant earthquakes. But Mayor Manuel Mancera said in a Twitter post that no damage was reported. Local news media also said there were no reports of damage close to Pinotepa Nacional.