Earthquake measuring 7.0 hits off Mexico coast

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Earthquake measuring 7.0 hits off Mexico coast

09:00 AEDT Thu Apr 12 2012
1 hour 5 minutes ago

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake has reportedly struck off the Pacific coast of Mexico, following a series of weaker quakes off the coasts of Oregon and California.

The Associated Press reports the earthquake caused tall buildings to sway in Mexico City.

Witnesses reported seeing people running out of offices onto the streets of the capital, according to Reuters news agency.

Mexico City mayor Marcelo Ebrard said on his Twitter account there were no initial signs of major damage.

Mexico City’s subway system and international airport, as well as other key services, were still functioning, he said.

Earlier, a magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck off the coast of Oregon, followed a minute later by a smaller quake off California’s central coast.

The quakes come a day after an 8.6 magnitude earthquake rattled Indonesia, initially triggering a tsunami warning.

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