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Strong 6.5 Earthquake rattles Mexico City
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December 11, 2011
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Magnitude 6.5 quake kills at least three people and causes panic from Mexican capital to resort of Acapulco.

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Mexico's western Guerrero state on Saturday night, shaking buildings and causing panic from Mexico City to the Pacific resort of Acapulco. Officials said at least three people died but there were no reports of widespread damage.

The US Geological Service said the epicentre was 40.3 miles (65km) underground, about 26 miles south-west of Iguala in Guerrero and 103 miles south-south-west of Mexico City. [guardian]

Mexico's interior department said the quake was felt in parts of nine states. Humberto Calvo, under-secretary of Guerrero's Civil Protection agency, said three deaths had been reported in the state. One man was killed when a house's roof collapsed in Iguala, a second died in the small town of Ixcateopan and the driver of a cargo truck was killed by rocks that fell on the vehicle along the toll highway linking Acapulco with Mexico City.

Calvo said a secondary highway between the two cities was blocked in two places by rockslides.

High-rises swayed in the centre of Mexico City for more than a minute and shoppers were temporarily evacuated from some shopping centres.

Mexico City's mayor, Marcelo Ebrard, tweeted that no major damage had been reported. He said power had failed in some parts of the city.

People in part of Mexico City's wealthy Condesa neighbourhood ran out of their houses and gathered in the streets. On one street a group of women joined hands in a circle, closed their eyes and began to pray.

Parts of Mexico City rest on the shaky soil of a former lake bed, which tends to magnify the effect of earthquakes. An 8.1 magnitude quake in 1985 killed as many as 10,000 people.

In Acapulco, which is in Guerrero, hundreds of tourists congregated in the street after buildings that are strung along the coastal boulevard were set swaying.
Authorities said they found no structural damage and had no reports of injuries in the Pacific resort about 87 miles from the quake's epicentre.

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