Mexico City buildings sway after 5.9 quake

2013-04-22 08:05
A person designated to run the evacuation operation, gives instructions after an earthquake in Mexico City in April 2012. (File, AFP)

A person designated to run the evacuation operation, gives instructions after an earthquake in Mexico City in April 2012. (File, AFP)

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Mexico City - A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck in the Mexican state of Michoacan on Sunday night, causing buildings to sway 322km away in Mexico City.

Some people evacuated buildings in the capital, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. State officials in Michoacan also said they had no reports of casualties or damage.

The US Geological Survey said the quake's epicenter was about 38km northeast of the Pacific port of Lazaro Cardenas. That is about 327km west-southwest of Mexico City.

The USGS said its preliminary reading of the quake gave it a magnitude of 5.9, Mexico's National Seismological Service put the magnitude at 5.8.

The tremor occurred 73km below the Earth's surface, the USGS said. The energy of a deep earthquake dissipates more than that of a shallow quake and generally causes less damage.

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