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Strong aftershock felt in Mexico City

2012-04-02 21:26

Mexico - Mexico was shaken on Monday afternoon by a strong apparent aftershock from a powerful earthquake late month.

Office towers rocked back and forth for several seconds in the centre of Mexico City on Monday afternoon and workers evacuated their buildings and gathered in the street.

Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard said via Twitter that no major damage had been reported by a helicopter overflight of the city.

The US Geological Survey reports a preliminary magnitude of 6.3. Susan Hoover, a seismologist for the USGS, says the epicenter was in southern Mexico near the border of Guerrero and Oaxaca states, very close to the epicentre of a strong quake nearly two weeks ago.

At least two people died as a result of that quake and hundreds of homes were damaged near its epicentre.

The quake was one of the strongest in Mexico since an 8.1-magnitude tremor killed an estimated 10 000 people in Mexico City in 1985.

Mexico has been shaken by a series of strong aftershocks since the March 20 quake.