A magnitude-6.2 earthquake hit off the coast of Mexico’s southern state of Chiapas on Saturday, shaking the state from the capital of Tuxtla Gutierrez to Tapachula on the border with Guatemala. The U.S. Geological Surgey stated that the quake’s epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean about 35 miles to the southwest of Mapastepec on the coast near the Guatemalan border with a depth of 41 miles.
There were no immediate reports of major damage or injury. The 6.2 temblor hit at 12:47 p.m. local time and sent people into the streets in cities across the southern state. Jose Manuel Aragon, spokesman for the Civil Protection Agency of Chiapas said that the quake caused some commotion amongst residents which quickly died down after reports that no major damage was done nor were major injuries reported. The quake was felt strongly by residents in the capital Tuxtla Gutierrez as well as in Tapachula and in Comitan, the first two areas of which maintain the state’s most populous areas.
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