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Moderate quakes hit Mexico, no reports of damage, injury
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10:04, November 27, 2007

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Two moderate earthquakes shook Mexico on Monday, frightening residents but causing no serious injuries or damage, Mexico City's civil protection agency said.

The first quake, measuring 5.6 magnitude, hit at 11:41 a.m. local time, shaking southern Mexico's Chiapas state and Guatemala, which borders Mexico to the south. Frightened residents ran into the streets, but no injuries were reported.

The epicenter was 82 km underground, 100 km northwest of Tapachula, a Mexican city on the border with Guatemala.

The second quake measured at 5.8 magnitude and hit at 3:56 p.m. local time, 90 km southwest of Morelia, the capital of western Mexico state Michoacan, with the epicenter 80 km underground.

The second quake lasted about 40 seconds and shook the city's historical center. Local officials identified no serious damage.

The city's public security department evacuated buildings in the central neighborhoods of Juarez, Roma, Tabacalera and San Rafael, and declared the buildings safe after 40 minutes of inspection.

The department reported no damage or injury after inspecting 16 of the city's 72 neighborhoods.


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