Mexico’s Capital, Pacific Coast Shaken by 6.5-Magnitude Quake

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook Mexico’s capital and western coast yesterday without causing any major damage.

The temblor hit 42 miles (69 kilometers) northwest of Lazaro Cardenas, in Michoacan state, at 5:55 p.m. local time, the U.S. Geological Survey said in a statement on its website. The magnitude was revised from a preliminary reading of 7.0. At least one aftershock followed the initial quake.

Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard said on his Twitter account that the city’s main services, including subways and hospitals, were working after the quake and no major damage had been detected. Some buildings were evacuated in central Mexico City.

“The city is functioning normally,” Ebrard wrote on Twitter.

Around 36,000 people were left without power because of the quake, Mexico City daily El Universal reported on its website, citing the Federal Electricity Commission.

No damage was reported in Michoacan immediately after the quake, Jose Fernando Barron, head of the state government’s press department, said in a phone interview yesterday.

The temblor followed an 8.6 magnitude quake yesterday that struck off Indonesia’s western Aceh province, which prompted coastal residents to flee to higher ground until tsunami warnings were lifted. No damage or casualties were reported.

Mexico has experienced a series of quakes in recent weeks. The strongest was a 7.4-magnitude on March 20 that hit near the coastal resort city of Acapulco. The state government of Oaxaca said thousands of homes were damaged because of that quake.

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