Moderate earthquake triggers alarm in Mexico City, no damage reported

People head to the streets after tremors were felt in Mexico City on May 16, 2018.
People head to the streets after tremors were felt in Mexico City on May 16, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

MEXICO CITY (REUTERS) - A moderate magnitude 5.2 earthquake struck southern Mexico on Wednesday (May 16) morning, the country's seismology service said, triggering alarms and evacuation procedures in the capital although there were no immediate reports of casualties.

The tremor, which was centered in the southwestern state of Guerrero, was felt lightly in Mexico City shortly after 9 am (10pm Singapore time) and hundreds of people left office blocks and gathered in the streets. No damage was reported.

The country is still recovering from a pair of large earthquakes that caused widespread damage in September.

Wednesday's quake was originally measured as a 5.3 magnitude.