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5.8-magnitude quake strikes southern Mexico


08:12, June 17, 2013

MEXICO CITY, June 16 (Xinhua) -- A 5.8-magnitude earthquake jolted southern Mexico's Guerrero state at 0:19 a.m. local time (0519 GMT ) on Sunday, the Mexican National Seismological Service (SSN) said.

Revising the magnitude down from 5.9 to 5.8, the SSN said the epicenter was centered 30 km southeast of the city of Huitzuco with a depth of 46 km.

The quake, which was also felt strongly in Mexico City and lasted about half a minute, caused power outages in parts of the capital, mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said.

Panicked people rushed to the streets in Mexico City. Nightclubs and restaurants were also evacuated for fear of further quakes.

Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong called for calm on his Twitter account. Meanwhile, head of Civil Protection of the State of Guerrero, Constantino Gonzalez Vargas, said authorities were gathering information.

Social networks users reported failed power and telephone services in Guerreo state and nearby states. But no damage or casualties were reported so far.

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