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6.5 earthquake sparks panic in southern Mexico

Volunteers and civil servants wait in the streets after being evacuated from their offices following an earthquake, in Mexico City on October 16, 2008. A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico's Chiapas state Thursday, sparking panic in the town of Tapachula, near the Mexico-Guatemala border, local civil protection officials and US scientists said. Mexican officials, who estimated the strength of the temblor at 6.2 using the Richter scale, said there were no immediate reports of damage. The US Geological Service (USGS) measured the quake, which was also felt in the capital, at 6.5, using the more reliable Moment Magnitude scale. Photo courtesy AFP.
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Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico (AFP) Oct 16, 2008
A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico's Chiapas state Thursday, sparking panic in the town of Tapachula, near the Mexico-Guatemala border, local civil protection officials and US scientists said.

Mexican officials, who estimated the strength of the temblor at 6.2 using the Richter scale, said there were no immediate reports of damage.

The US Geological Service (USGS) measured the quake at 6.5, using the more reliable Moment Magnitude scale.

The earthquake struck at a depth of 75.2 kilometers (46.7 miles), 40 kilometers (25 miles) south-southwest of Tapachula, the USGS said.

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Strong earthquake strikes deep under Bolivia
Washington (AFP) Oct 12, 2008
A strong, 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck deep under the southern Andean mountains in Bolivia Sunday, the US Geological Survey reported. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.







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