Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Mexico hit by 6.7 earthquake

A large earthquake has hit the Chiapas region of Mexico [16.485°N, 94.116°W]. The US Geological Survey [USGS] said the quake's epicentre was about 110km (70 miles) south-west from Tuxtla Gutierrez in the state of Chiapas. Sky News report the magnitude as being 6.7 on the Richter scale and follows a series of smaller quakes that have hit the country in recent days [Reuters]. CNN however earlier reported the earthquake as measuring 6.6 while the BBC and the USGS say the quake measured at only 6.4. CNN later updated the story and reduced the magnitude. The tremors which hit southern Mexico have not caused any major damage and as yet there are no reports of injuries.

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