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Two quakes rattle Mexico
by Staff Writers
Mexico City (AFP) March 26, 2013


Strong earthquake rocks Guatemala
Guatemala City (AFP) March 25, 2013 - A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake shook Guatemala late Monday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or significant damage.

The quake, which struck at at 5:02 pm (2302 GMT), had its epicenter 10 kilometers (six miles) east-southeast of the capital Guatemala City at a depth of 200 kilometers, the US Geological Survey reported.

Yet despite the strong magnitude people in Guatemala City hardly felt the quake, witnesses said.

Guatemala's Disaster Coordination Network, CONRED, issued a mid-level "Yellow Alert" warning, but none of their regional officers across the country reported victims or damage.

The earthquake was also felt in neighboring El Salvador, which also reported no damage or victims.

Central America, located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, is prone to strong earthquakes.

Guatemala's deadliest earthquake was on February 4, 1976, when a magnitude 7.5 quake with an epicenter north-east of Guatemala City sent shockwaves that toppled walls and triggering landslides, killing more than 23,000 people, according to the USGS.

Two moderate earthquakes jolted southern Mexico Tuesday, prompting the evacuation of several buildings in the capital, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, authorities said.

The epicenter of both the initial quake and a smaller aftershock -- which struck shortly after 6:00 am (1300 GMT) -- was located about 15 kilometers (10 miles) west of Pinotepa Nacional, in Oaxaca state.

The first quake had a magnitude of 5.5, while the second measured 5.1, according to the US Geological Survey. Mexico's National Seismology Service put the quakes at 5.6 and 5.4 on the Richter scale.

"Everything is calm following the two earthquakes... no damage, the alerts were activated and trains were stopped, but service has already resumed," Mexico City mayor Miguel Angel Mancera told the Televisa network.

The quakes were felt 350 kilometers (220 miles) away in the capital, and a few buildings were evacuated as a precaution, he said, noting that experts checking the area by helicopter did not see anything amiss.

Authorities in Oaxaca state did not immediately report any damages or casualties.

A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Guatemala on Monday, and was felt in southern Mexico.

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