Mexico City: A strong earthquake rattled
southern Mexico on 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
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
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.