August 19, 2006

Moderate earthquake hits Mexico coast, felt in city

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A moderate earthquake rocked
Mexico's Pacific coast early on Saturday close to the popular
beach resort of Huatulco and was felt as far away as Mexico
City, but no damage was reported.

The epicenter of the 5.5 magnitude quake was close to the
surfing hotspot Puerto Escondido, but also shook the capital
240 miles to the northwest, Mexico's national seismological
service said.

"People have called to say they felt it but we haven't
received any reports of damage," said Yanet Antayhua at the
monitoring center.

A strong tremor rattled Mexico City last week without
causing major damage, but brought back memories of a
devastating 1985 quake that killed thousands.

Huatulco and Puerto Escondido are both in the state of