Magnitude-6.4 earthquake shakes southern Mexico

TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico (AP) -- A strong earthquake in southern
Mexico has caused minor damage to buildings, along with some panic,
but no major damage or injuries have been reported.
The magnitude 6.4 quake was felt across hundreds of miles,
causing buildings to sway in Mexico City and rocking parts of
Mexico's Gulf coast.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake was centered 70 miles
southwest of the capital of Chiapas (chee-AH'-puhs) state (Tuxtla
Guiterrez), near the border with Oaxaca (wuh-HAH'-kah) state.
Many people fled into the streets and lingered outside their
homes. Officials say some residents reported panic attacks.
Mexican media reports the quake cause serious damage to two
churches and briefly cut power and telephone service.
Meanwhile, Mexico's state-run oil company reportedly shut down
its refinery in Salina Cruz as a precaution. One employee says no
damage has been found and that the plant should be back to normal
within 24 hours.


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