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Strong earthquake jolts Mexico City

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 1:45 PM - A magnitude 6.4 earthquake off the Pacific coast of Mexico has rattled the country's capital city, prompting building evacuations and traffic delays. It comes just a day after the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed a magnitude 3.3 earthquake struck Los Angeles late Wednesday night.

The tremor struck at 12 p.m. local time near Tecpan de Galeana in southern Guerrero state about 300 km southwest of Mexico City, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.

Shaking was also reported in Acapulco, some 378 km from the capital.

Despite the quake being shallow, there have been no reports of damage or injuries.

The quake did, however, sent office workers fleeing from their buildings and prompted traffic delays in Mexico City, which has a metropolitan area that is home to more than 20 million people. 

On April 18, a Magnitude 7.2 earthquake A powerful earthquake has struck south-central Mexico, rattling buildings across the region for about 30 seconds. 

Some walls cracked and fell, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties.

Mexico City is vulnerable to earthquakes because it is built on a foundation of muddy sediment from drained lake beds.

With files from the Associated Press

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