Magnitude 5.7 quake rattles southern Mexico

WASHINGTON Tue Feb 9, 2010 1:03am GMT

WASHINGTON Feb 8 (Reuters) - A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck Oaxaca, Mexico, on Monday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The epicenter of the quake was located 14 miles (23 km)southeast of the town of Miahuatlan in Oaxaca, Mexico. The USGS initially reported it as a 5.9 magnitude quake. Quakes of magnitude 5 and above are considered moderate and capable of causing considerable damage.