• Strong Magnitude 6.6 quake strikes Mexico

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    TUXTLA GUTIÉRREZ, Mexico: A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake rattled southern Mexico on Thursday, causing minor damage and prompting people to evacuate buildings and schools, while the quake was also felt in neighboring Guatemala. The 94-kilometer-deep quake struck at 1:49 pm (1949 GMT) in the state of Chiapas, some seven kilometers east of the coastal town of Tres Picos, according to the US Geological Survey. The quake was strongly felt in Chiapas, as buildings and schools were emptied in the state capital, Tuxtla Gutierrez. The Chiapas state civil protection agency reported minor damage to buildings, including cracked walls. The earthquake was also felt “moderately” in neighboring Oaxaca state and “strongly” in Tabasco, said Mexico’s civil protection coordinator, Luis Felipe Puente.

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