Powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake hits southern Mexico

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A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.5 has struck southern Mexico, with strong shaking felt as far away as the capital, seismologists say. Only few details were immediately available.

The earthquake, which struck at 5:39 p.m. local time on Friday, was centered near the town of San Lorenzo in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. The epicenter is about 108 kilometers (67 miles) southwest of the city of Oaxaca.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) put the preliminary magnitude at 7.5, while Mexico’s seismological agency put the magnitude at 7.2. The USGS said the tremor struck at a depth of 43 kilometers (26 miles), making it a shallow earthquake.

There was no immediate word on damage or casualties as a result of Friday’s earthquake, but strong shaking was felt as far away as Mexico City, where buildings were evacuated. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there is no threat of a tsunami.

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