6.4 Earthquake Hits Near Mexico City

Mexico City, July 29 (QNA) – An earthquake centered under the Pacific Ocean shook western and central Mexico early today, cracking walls, breaking windows and sending people racing into the streets.

Mexico’s National Seismological Service put the magnitude at 7.0, but the U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo. was quoted by ABC news as saying it was a 6.4-magnitude tembler. The quake was centered about 240 miles west-southwest of Mexico City in the Pacific Ocean, and about 30 miles west of the coastal city of Lazaro Cardenas.

A civil defense official, Jesus Alonso Mondragon, said at least one person was hurt when parts of a wall collapsed at a hotel under repair in Lazaro Cardenas, the closest sizable city to the epicenter. Mondragon said the “strong” quake sent people running into the streets as buildings shook, but he said early reports indicated only minor damage.(QNA)

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