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Quake rattles Venezuela capital, nearby states

world Updated: Sep 14, 2009 01:47 IST

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An earthquake shook Venezuela's capital and nearby states, injuring 14 people and causing damage to a few buildings.

The US Geological Survey reported a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 for the quake, saying the epicentre was off Venezuela's Caribbean coast 110 kilometres west of Caracas. The head of Venezuela's seismological agency, Francisco Garces, put the quake at magnitude 6.2, followed by an aftershock registering 4.0.

Two young people, ages 9 and 26, suffered serious leg injuries, and 12 other people had minor injuries, Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami said.

El Aissami said western Falcon state reported the most structural problems, with seven houses and two other buildings damaged.

Two houses were reported damaged in neighbouring Lara state, where the wall of a medical clinic also collapsed, state civil protection director Hector Vargas told the state-run Bolivarian News Agency.

Buildings swayed as the quake rocked Caracas about 3:40 pm local time (01:35 IST). Only a few people evacuated buildings to stand outside as a rainstorm slowed traffic. No injured were reported in the capital, El Aissami said.