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Earthquakes hit Mexico’s Pacific coast

Mexico City, Mar 27 (): Two moderate earthquakes jolted Mexico City on Tuesday, causing buildings to sway in the capital and prompting thousands of people to evacuate several buildings in the capital, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, authorities said.

The first quake struck with the magnitude of 5.5, while the second had a magnitude of 5.1, according to the US Geological Survey. National Seismology Service of Mexico has measured the quakes at 5.6 and 5.4 on the Richter scale.

The first quake hit at 7.04 a.m. (6.30 p.m. IST) and it was centred about 20 km west-southwest of Pinotepa Nacional on the Pacific Coast and 365 km south-southeast of Mexico City. A second quake shook the region a few minutes later.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake’s epicentre was located 4 miles (6 kilometers) northwest of San Jose Pinula and had a depth of 200 kilometers (124 miles).

In spite of the strong quake there were no immediate reports of deaths or building damage, although eye witnesses said that buildings visibly wavered during the quake. The soft soil of Mexico City makes it especially sensitive to distant earthquakes.

Mexico City mayor Miguel Angel Mancera told that everything is calm following the two earthquakes- no damages, the alerts were activated and trains were stopped, but service had already resumed.

On Monday, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit near Guatemala City, but residents said they hardly felt the temblor and authorities had no immediate reports of damages or deaths.

In November 2012, a magnitude-7.4 earthquake hit Guatemala that left 42 people dead. The quake, which was just 32 kilometres (20 mile) deep, was centred off the coastal town of Champerico. It was the strongest earthquake to hit Guatemala since a 1976 temblor that killed 23,000.

In 1985, earthquake of magnitude 8.1 killed more than 9,500 people in Mexico City.

The U.S. Geological Survey says Mexico is located atop three of the large tectonic plates; Mexico is one of the world’s most seismological active regions. The motion of these tectonic plates causes occasional volcanic eruptions and frequent earthquakes.