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Report: Magnitude-6.2 Earthquake Hits Southern Mexico

June 30, 2010 By: Joe Pike

The Associated Press reported last week that a strong earthquake rattled southern Mexico, sending people fleeing into the streets in Pacific coast towns and in the nation's capital.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.2 quake was centered in a sparsely populated, mountainous area of Oaxaca near the southern Pacific coast.

According to the AP, 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 (365 kilometers) northeast of the epicenter, sending people fleeing into the streets and parks. City officials reported no significant damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit at 2.22 a.m. local time (3:22 a.m. EDT). The quake was centered about 80 miles (125 kilometers) west-southwest of Oaxaca city, the state capital. The USGS earlier estimated the magnitude at 6.5.

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