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Earthquake shakes southern Mexico

2012-04-13 16:30

Mexico City - A magnitude-5.4 earthquake shook southern Mexico early on Friday morning, causing no reported damage but swaying tall buildings in the capital of Mexico City about 370km away.

The US geological survey says the quake's epicenter was located about 11km off Mexico's Pacific Coast near the town of Pinotepa Nacional in southern Oaxaca state at 05:00 local time.

Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard said via Twitter that everything was operating normally in the metropolis of more than 21 million people.

Mexico has been hit by several quakes in the last three weeks, rattling the nerves of weary residents.

Three tectonic plates come together off Mexico's Pacific coast, and scientists say the country is hit with hundreds of small-magnitude earthquakes every year.