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Mexico 6.4-Magnitude Quake Shakes Capital; No Major Damage Found

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May 8 (Bloomberg) -- A 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked south-central Mexico at midday, shaking buildings in downtown Mexico City and sending workers scrambling from their offices in precautionary evacuations.

The quake occurred at about 12:01pm near the town of Tecpan de Galeana, Guerrero, about 60 miles northwest of the tourist beach city of Acapulco, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. There were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage in Mexico City, and the airport and subway are functioning normally, Fausto Lugo, the city’s head of civil protection, said in an interview broadcast on Radio Red.

Trading at Mexico’s stock exchange was halted for about 30 minutes, from 12:24 p.m. to to 12.53 p.m. Mexico City time, following the earthquake.

Electricity was knocked out in Mexico City’s Roma Norte neighborhood, near the downtown Reforma boulevard, and Finance Minister Luis Videgaray was forced to interrupt a speech at the National Palace as buildings shook.

To contact the reporters on this story: Eric Martin in Mexico City at emartin21@bloomberg.net; Nacha Cattan in Mexico City at ncattan@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jonathan Roeder at jroeder@bloomberg.net Robert Jameson

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