7.0 Earthquake Strikes Mexico
A strong earthquake struck an area in the mountains of western Mexico on Wednesday, causing tall buildings to sway more than 200 miles away in Mexico City.
People evacuated some buildings in the capital, but the city government said helicopter flights had detected no signs of damage.
Authorities in Michoacán state, where the tremor was centered, also had no immediate reports of damage.
The U.S. geological survey reported a preliminary reading of 7.0 magnitude for the quake, which it said was centered 238 miles west-southwest of Mexico City and 88 miles northwest of the Pacific resort of Zihuantanejo.
A quake of that magnitude is considered a major earthquake , but this one hit about 41 miles below the surface and a tremor’s power to cause damage is often dissipated when it is so deep.
Manuel Ortiz Rosete, the Michoacán state civil protection director said no damage has been reported.