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Moderate earthquake rocks central Mexico

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Mexico City, Apr 22 (EFE).- A magnitude-5.8 earthquake rocked central Mexico and was felt in the capital, but no injuries or serious damage were reported, officials said.

The earthquake occurred around 8:16 p.m. and its epicenter was located about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) south of Lazaro Cardenas, a port city in the western state of Michoacan, the National Seismology Service said.

Initial reports from the service put the magnitude at 6.25 and identified a different location for the epicenter, but officials later revised the information.

No reports of injuries or damage were received by officials, Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said.

The temblor was felt in Guerrero, Michoacan, Morelos and Jalisco states, as well as in the Federal District, Government Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said in a Twitter posting.

Power outages occurred in some Mexico City neighborhoods, the Televisa network reported.

Mexico City's international airport said the terminal did not sustain any damage.

Mexico, one of the countries with the highest levels of seismic activity in the world, sits on the North American tectonic plate and is surrounded by three other plates in the Pacific: the Rivera microplate, at the mouth of the Gulf of California; the Pacific plate; and the Cocos plate.

The Cocos tectonic plate stretches from Colima state south and has the potential to cause the most damage since it affects Mexico City, which has a population of 20 million and was constructed over what was once Lake Texcoco.

The magnitude-8.1 earthquake that hit Mexico City on Sept. 19, 1985, was the most destructive to ever hit Mexico, killing some 10,000 people, injuring more than 40,000 others and leaving 80,000 people homeless.

The most recent powerful quake to hit Mexico was a magnitude-7.6 temblor that rocked Colima on Jan. 21, 2003.

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