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Earthquake Rocks Mexico City, No Major Problems Reported

(Mexico City, January 1, 2004, 9:35 p.m.) -- A strong earthquake rocked Mexico City and Acapulco today, shaking buildings and sending some people fleeing into the streets. So far, no reports of injury or damage.

The quake was centered 25 miles east of the resort of Zihuatanejo. It had a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 and struck shortly after 5:30 p.m. local time, according to the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colorado.

It was followed by at least one strong aftershock.

Some residents ran from their highrise apartments in Mexico City, while tourists fled oceanside hotels in Acapulco as a precaution.

Because the quake occurred on New Year's Day, most people were home with their families or on vacation.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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