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Mexico City Hit By 5.7 Richter Earthquake

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People evacuating a downtown office building cross a street after an earthquake in Mexico City, Friday, May 22, 2009. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 5.7 and was centered 90 miles southeast of the capital. AP Photo/Gregory Bull hide caption

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Mexico City was hit by the second earthquake in as many months today, one which the U.S. Geological Survey said measured 5.7 on the Richter Scale.

The quake's epicenter was about 90 miles away from the Mexican capital, according to the U.S.G.S. While the earthquake frayed nerves and caused people to evacuate buildings, it appears that it didn't cause much damage.

As the Associated Press reports:

Puebla state civil protection chief German Garcia said there were no reports of injuries or collapsed buildings near the epicenter: "There is absolute calm, zero damage."

Puebla city is a popular tourist destination known for its gilded churches and ornate "Talavera" pottery. One of the country's main Talavera producers, Uriarte, said the quake shook shelves but the merchandise emerged unscathed.

In Mexico City, 20-year-old office worker Mariana Rodriguez was in a 19th-floor bathroom when she felt her building sway. "I saw in the mirror that everything was moving," she said."The soap even fell down. We were really nervous, but they didn't let us leave the building."

One 15-story apartment building in the trendy Condesa neighborhood rocked so much that doors opened and slammed shut - something the residents said sounded like "ghosts."

Many ran outside across the metropolis of 20 million. Evacuation officials steered crowds away from power lines and other potential hazards, and anxious people waited for several minutes before returning indoors.



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