Mexico Earthquake Shakes Capital City; No Injuries Reported

Thursday, 08 May 2014 06:01 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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A magnitude-6.4 earthquake shook the capital of Mexico on Thursday, scaring workers in high-rise buildings, but there was little damage and no injuries were reported.

The earthquake happened on the Pacific coast with an epicenter just north of Tecpan de Galeana.

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A section of highway collapsed in Tecpan and a few roofs caved in. A wall also collapsed in Chilpancingo.

“That was just too scary,” Carmen Lopez, a businesswoman who left a Mexico City office building when the earthquake occurred, told The Associated Press. Light poles in the area were swaying.

Thousands of people swarmed onto the streets from office buildings during the quake.

Mexico City feels the effects of earthquakes far away because it was built on muddy sediments, the AP noted.

A magnitude-7.2 earthquake happened in central and southern Mexico on April 18. A magnitude-8.1 quake killed 6,000 people in Mexico City in 1985.

“What a big scare,” Rosaura Gomez, 56, told The Los Angeles Times. “One of my neighbors began crying. ... What is going on?"

Felipe Sandoval Figueroa told the Times that he checked on his family right away.

“Fortunately, they’re fine, but when you’re feeling such a powerful earthquake, you think of the worst,” he said. “Thank God, everything’s fine.”

Earthquakes have made the news frequently in recent months, including powerful earthquakes off the coast of Chile.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that earthquakes in Oklahoma have jumped by about 50 percent since October 2013, and that there’s an increased risk of a 5.5 or greater quake in that area.

In analyzing the earthquake patterns, the USGS determined that they don’t seem to be tied to typical, random fluctuations in natural seismicity rates. The analysis suggested that wastewater being injected into deep geologic formations, a technique used in fracking, is at least part of the cause of the earthquakes.

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