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World 5.4-magnitude earthquake shakes buildings in Mexico City

Workers evacuated from a federal building after an earthquake wait on a sidewalk of Paseo de la Reforma street in Mexico City, Mexico, on April 22, 2019.

Rebecca Blackwell/The Associated Press

A magnitude 5.4 earthquake in southern Mexico caused tall buildings to sway in the Mexican capital on Monday, prompting hundreds of office workers to briefly evacuate along a central avenue. There were no initial reports of damage or injury.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake’s epicentre was in southern Mexico near the border between Oaxaca and Guerrero states, more than 400 kilometres from the capital. It struck at a depth of about 18 kilometres.

Mexico City is built on a former lakebed, meaning earthquakes even far away are often felt strongly in the capital. City authorities said Monday’s quake was not severe enough to merit activation of emergency loudspeakers and cellphone alerts.

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