5.9 magnitude earthquake hits along Mexico's Pacific coast

Mexico earthquake

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A 5.9 magnitude quake struck along Mexico's Pacific coast on April 21, 2013.

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Posted on April 21, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 21 at 11:28 PM

The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 5.9 magnitude earthquake near Mexico's Pacific coast on Sunday night, causing buildings to sway in Mexico City some 200 miles away.

The epicenter was along the border of Michoacan and Guerrero states about 160 miles northwest of Acapulco.

USGS said the quake hit at 8:16 p.m. CT about 45 miles below the Earth's surface. The energy of a deep earthquake dissipates more than a shallow quake, and generally causes less damage.

There are no large cities near the location of the earthquake, although there were initial reports of the tremor being felt as far away as Guadalajara and Mexico City.

Some people evacuated buildings in the capital, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. State officials in Michoacan also said they had no reports of casualties or damage.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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