The Straits Times
Published on Sep 22, 2012

5.8-magnitude quake shakes southern Mexico


MEXICO CITY (AFP) - A magnitude 5.8 earthquake shook parts of southern and central Mexico on Saturday, the National Seismological Institute reported, but there were no initial reports of damage or victims.

The epicentre was located near the town of Pinotepa, in the state of Oaxaca, around 300km south-east of Mexico City and at a depth of 10km, the Institute said.

The United States Geological Service, which monitors earthquakes worldwide, said the quake's magnitude was 5.4 and placed it 12 kilometers south-east of the town of San Pedro Amuzgos, in Oaxaca, at a depth of 36km at 1230 GMT (8.30pm Singapore time).

The quake rattled tall buildings in the Mexican capital and activated the city's seismic alarm system, but Mayor Marcelo Ebrard said in a message on Twitter that there had been no damage or casualties.