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Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake Strikes West Coast Of Mexico

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A blue dot on this USGS map pinpoints the location of a strong earthquake Thursday. (USGS)

A blue dot on this USGS map pinpoints the location of a strong earthquake Thursday. (USGS)

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MEXICO CITY (CBS SF) – An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 has hit the West Coast of Mexico.

The quake – originally thought to be magnitude 6.8 – reportedly sent people in Mexico City, with office workers streaming into the streets.

The quake struck the Tecapan de Galeana region, about 280 miles south west of the capital, according to USGS maps.

The quake was very shallow, with a depth of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers). There was only mild shaking in the resort city of Acapulco, according to an Associated Press reporter there.

Mexico City is vulnerable to distant earthquakes because much of it sits atop the muddy sediments of drained lake beds. They jiggle like jelly when the quake waves hit.

A 7.2-magnitude quake with an epicenter in the same region shook central and southern Mexico on April 18.

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