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An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 struck central Mexico on Friday, seismologists the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) reported.
Seismologists said it triggering alarms in the capital where anxious residents poured into the streets.
According to the national seismology service the quake hit at a shallow depth of 19km beneath the epicenter near Ometepec, Guerrero, Mexico, in the evening on Friday 19 March 2021 at 9:06 pm local time.
Despite the panic, there were no immediate reports of injuries or significant damage.
The tremor triggered Mexico City's alarm system, which uses seismic monitors to give residents advance warning of a quake.
But in the end it was barely felt in the capital, where city authorities said there were no reports of damage.
In the resort of Acapulco, located in Guerrero state closer to the epicenter, the tremor was felt more strongly, causing tourists to flee their hotels.
"It caught us off guard and we panicked thinking we should leave urgently but I couldn't get out because one of my daughters was taking a bath," said Virginia Hernandez, a tourist from Mexico City.
Mexico is frequently shaken by earthquakes, particularly along its Pacific coast.In 2017 the capital was hit by a 7.1 magnitude tremor that toppled buildings and left 370 people dead and thousands injured throughout the country.
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Seismic alarms sounded midmorning with enough warning for residents to exit buildings. Power was knocked out to some areas.
The area surrounding the popular Huatulco beach resort in the southern state of Oaxaca was hardest hit by the 7.4 magnitude quake, but the shaking could be felt as far away as Mexico City, where tall buildings swayed and thousands of people raced into the streets.
Hundreds of aftershocks were reported in the hours following the initial tremor, which was felt in Mexico City, some 700 kilometers (430 miles) distant from the epicenter in Crucecita, in Oaxaca state.
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