6.2 magnitude earthquake shakes Acapulo Mexico

Thursday, August 22, 2013
By Paul Martin

August 22, 2013

MEXICO – A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Mexico’s Pacific coast today (Aug. 21), shaking buildings in the resort town of Acapulco. The quake was felt as far inland as Mexico City. The temblor hit at 7:38 a.m. local time (8:38 a.m. ET), about 60 miles (100 kilometers) east of Acapulco. The earthquake was centered at a depth of about 18 miles (30 km), initial reports estimate. A magnitude-5.3 aftershock followed 24 minutes after the initial temblor, according to the United States Geological Survey. No major injuries or damage have been reported in Mexico City, where an earthquake early warning system prompted building evacuations, according to the Associated Press. Strong shaking was reported in Acapulco. Schools have been closed for the day. Building walls cracked in Acapulco, damage was reported at three hospitals, and a cement gate at a military building collapsed, according to news reports. –Live Science

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