May 5, 2011 / 2:00 PM / 8 years ago

Earthquake rattles Mexico City, buildings shake

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A strong earthquake rattled the Mexican capital on Thursday but there were no reports of damage.

The U.S. Geological Service said the earthquake had a magnitude of 5.8 and that its epicentre was in the southwestern state of Guerrero.

“I felt it strong, my lamp was swinging as well as the plants. The table where I was also shook a bit,” said Alejandra Cadavid, a Colombian executive living in an apartment building in Mexico City.

But almost two hours after the earthquake hit, the state — which includes the popular tourist region around Acapulco — had almost finished a review and had not yet found any damage, a spokesman for Civil Protection in Guerrero said.

Public transportation and other services were unaffected, Mexico City’s mayor, Marcelo Ebrard, said on Twitter.

“From a survey by cameras, helicopters and patrols, we have no reports of damage,” he wrote.

The Federal Electricity Commission said later all its infrastructure was operating normally.

Reporting by Elinor Comlay and Cyntia Barrera Diaz; Editing by Doina Chiacu

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