6.1 magnitude quake rocks Mexico

2013-08-21 18:21
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Mexico City - A strong earthquake and several aftershocks rattled Mexico on Wednesday, cracking walls, forcing hotels to evacuate and causing street lamps to fall in the Pacific resort of Acapulco.

The 6.0-magnitude earthquake swayed buildings as far away as Mexico City, prompting evacuations, but authorities said no damage or injuries were reported in the megalopolis.

The tremor struck as people prepared to head to work and school, with its epicentre located 17km west of the town of San Marcos in the southern state of Guerrero, the National Seismology Centre said.

The earthquake was followed by eight aftershocks, the strongest reaching 5.62-magnitude strength some 14km northeast of Acapulco, where rocks from a hill rolled into a street and some hotel façades showed cracks while tourists poured into the streets.

Authorities reported serious damage at three schools and Guerrero Governor Angel Aguirre decided to suspend classes as a precaution while the buildings are examined.

Mexico City is 440km north of San Marcos, but the capital can feel distant earthquakes because it lies on muddy soil from drained lakes.

An 8.1-magnitude earthquake in 1985 left 3 700 people dead in the capital, according to official figures, though civil groups say more than 20 000 died.

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