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Magnitude 6.2 quake hits southern Mexico

A strong earthquake rattled southern Mexico today, sending people fleeing into the streets in Pacific coast towns and in the nation's capital.

world Updated: Jun 30, 2010 21:41 IST

A strong earthquake rattled southern Mexico Wednesday, sending people fleeing into the streets in Pacific coast towns and in the nation's capital.

The US Geological Survey said the magnitude-6.2 quake was centred in a sparsely populated, mountainous area of Oaxaca near the southern Pacific coast.

"It felt strong, very strong," said Tomas Herrera Sanchez, a police officer on duty in the town of Santiago Pinotepa Nacional, the closest sizable town to the quake's center. "There are people who got scared and left their houses," but there were no immediate reports of damage, he said.

The Oaxaca state civil defense department also said it had not received any immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The quake also swayed buildings in Mexico City, 220 miles northeast of the epicenter, sending people fleeing into the streets and parks. City officials reported no significant damage.

The US Geological Survey said the quake hit at 0722 GMT, 3:22 The quake was centred about 80 miles west-southwest of Oaxaca city, the state capital. The USGS earlier estimated the magnitude at 6.5. The quake occurred at a depth of 12 miles.