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Friday, April 8, 2011

6.7-magnitude quake hits Veracruz of Mexico


MEXICO CITY (PNA/Xinhua) -- An earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale hit Veracruz of Mexico at 8:11 a.m. local time on Thursday, according to a report from the national earthquake authority. So far there have been no reports of casualties or property loss.

According to the earthquake authority, the epicenter of the temblor, at a depth of 167 kilometers, was located some 83 km southwest of Las Choapas in Veracruz state.

The earthquake was strongly felt in the states of Veracruz, Oaxaca, Gerrero and Chiapas. It also caused some buildings in Mexico City, the national capital, to sway.

Elias Moreno, an official with the civil protection department in Mexico City, said that the city hall sent five helicopters on an inspection mission, but they didn't find any damaged building.

Mexico is prone to earthquake as it is located in the eastern circum-Pacific seismic zone. According to the earthquake authority, Mexico registered 978 earthquakes in the first quarter of 2011, including 5 above magnitude 5.0.


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