3rd LD Writethru: 6.4-magnitude quake hits Mexico
MEXICO CITY, Apr 11, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
A 6.4-magnitude earthquake on
Wednesday afternoon jolted Mexico City and Michoacan and Jalisco
states in west Mexico, Mexico's National Seismological Service
The epicenter was located at 51 km southwest of La Mira in
Michoacan state of western Mexico, and had a depth of 65.6 km, the
NSS said, adding it was independent from the 8.5-magnitude
earthquake in Indonesia.
The U.S. Geological Service (USGS) said the magnitude is 7.0.
The quake occurred at 17:55 local time (2255 GMT).
Mexico was hit on March 20 by an earthquake of 7.4-magnitude
that caused two deaths and the injury of a dozen, with its
epicenter on the border of the southeastern states of Guerrero and
Since that earthquake, Mexico has experienced about 300
aftershocks. The latest quake, however, has a different epicenter
and can't be considered as a replica of the quake on March 20, the
Shortly after the quake, the NSS recorded a replica of
4.1-magnitude with the epicenter in the same area of the first
No casualties have been reported so far in Mexico City. Its
Mayor Marcelo Ebrard said on Twitter that he is currently covering
a route by helicopter to supervise if there is any damage.
Ebrard said the city's security mechanism has been activated
after the quake, adding the subway, hospitals, the system of water
distribution, telecommunications networks and the airport operated
normally despite the quake.
In Morelia, Michoacan's capital, the tremor was felt with great
intensity that lasted about 60 seconds.
State authorities are reviewing reports from around the state
and so far there have been no casualties or property damage
Meanwhile, the nearby Colima state recorded communications
failures through cell phones after the quake. The government
received reports of landslides in mountainous areas and part of
the road from Colima to Manzanillo.
Early reports said the quake triggered tensions among a large
number of inhabitants of Colima. After the earthquake, the Colima
state government remained in blackout.
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