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6.3 earthquake hits southern Mexico

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 10:18 PM EDT, Mon April 2, 2012
The USGS describes Mexico as one of the most seismically active areas of the world.
The USGS describes Mexico as one of the most seismically active areas of the world.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: The earthquake is an aftershock of a 7.4-magnitude quake that struck March 20
  • The quake's epicenter was about 17 miles from Ometepec, Guerrero
  • There are no immediate reports of injuries or major damage
  • Residents in Mexico City felt the temblor

Mexico City (CNN) -- A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 struck southern Mexico on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake's epicenter was about 17 miles (27 kilometers) from Ometepec, Guerrero. It was about 7.6 miles (12 kilometers) deep, the USGS said.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Officials described the quake as an aftershock of the 7.4-magnitude temblor which struck in the same area on March 20, damaging hundreds of homes.

There have been 280 aftershocks since that quake, Mexico's National Seismological Survey reported.

Residents felt Monday's quake in Mexico City, hundreds of miles from the epicenter. There were no initial reports of major damage in the capital, Mayor Marcelo Ebrard said on Twitter.

The USGS describes Mexico as one of the most seismically active areas of the world. The country sees an average of seven earthquakes daily with a magnitude greater than 3.0, according to Mexico's National Seismological Service.

CNN's Krupskaia Alis, Rafael Romo and Sean Morris contributed to this report.

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