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Strong quake strikes off Mexico: US agency
by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) May 31, 2014


Series of moderate quakes strike Philippines
Manila (AFP) May 31, 2014 - A series of moderate earthquakes and aftershocks hit the Philippines early Sunday, with US geologists estimating the shallowest -- a magnitude-5.1 tremor -- at just one kilometre deep, but there were no initial reports of damage.

The first quake struck off the southern island of Mindanao at around 3:00 am local time (1900 GMT), some 30 kilometres (17 miles) east-northeast of the city of Cortes, according to the USGS.

It was followed by at least six moderate aftershocks, the strongest a magnitude-5.3 that was four kilometres deep, the USGS said.

There were no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami warning was issued.

A strong 6.2-magnitude undersea earthquake struck off the coast of Mexico Saturday, US seismologists said.

The US Geological Survey said the quake occurred around 1153 GMT and was located about 184 miles (295 kilometers) southwest of the coastal resort city of Puerto Vallarta. They had earlier put the quake's magnitude at 6.6.

There were no immediate reports of damage from the quake, which occurred at a depth of around 10 kilometers (six miles).

Officials said there was no risk of a tsunami forming from Saturday's quake.

Mexico has been rattled by a number of sizeable quakes in recent weeks. A a strong tremor hit the capital Mexico City on May 8, causing a bridge to collapse and buildings to sway, but no casualties.

A powerful 7.2-magnitude quake last month near the Pacific coast city of Acapulco also caused some building damage and widespread power outages, but no known casualties.

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