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5.8-magnitude earthquake rocks Mexico


16:02, April 22, 2013

MEXICO CITY, April 21 (Xinhua) -- A 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit Mexico on Sunday evening, Mexico's National Seismic Service said.

It said the epicenter was 10 km south of Lazaro Cardenas in the state of Michoacan. The earthquake was felt in Mexico City as well as in the states of Guerrero, Morelos and Jalisco.

The earthquake shook buildings in Mexico City and prompted residents to run outdoors. Many government buildings were evacuated.

There were no fatal casualties or material damage in the capital city, said Mexico City mayor Miguel Angel Mancera at his Twitter account.

"Flying over the city, everything is normal, just evacuations due to the earthquake. The subway service was suspended for a moment but it was restored," Mancera said.

Mexico's director of Civil Protection Fausto Lugo said all public services in the country are working normally.

Interior Minister Osorio Chong said the tremor was felt more strongly in Michoacan and its surrounding areas, but the authorities have not reported injuries or damage in any state.

Shortly after the earthquake, Mexican state oil giant Pemex reported an interruption of power supply in its Tula refinery, the country's second biggest with a production capacity of 315,000 barrels per day. But power supply was restored shortly after.

Earlier Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey put the quake at magnitude 5.9, with the epicenter located 33 km northwest of La Union and 327 km southwest of Mexico City at a depth of 73.9 km.

The China Earthquake Networks Center placed the magnitude of the quake at 6.4.

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