Powerful Quake Rattles Mexico

No injuries reported despite 6.4 magnitude
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2008 1:40 PM CST
Looking southwest over the site of Monte Alban, in Oaxaca. A magnitude 6.4 earthquake shook the region on Tuesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, but there were no immediate reports of damage.   (Public Domain)
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(Newser) – A powerful earthquake that hit Mexico today caused no injuries, Bloomberg reports. The earthquake hit the country’s south Pacific coast, near the Chiapas-Oaxaca border. It measured 6.4 on the Richter scale, the strongest quake of the 40 that have hit Chiapas this year. The government oil company shut down its west coast refinery as a precaution.

The quake was felt as far away as Mexico City, 390 miles to the northwest. "So far, we have had no reports of material damages or wounded,'' said a government official in Chiapas. Petroleos Mexicanos’ Salina Cruz refinery consists of 26 plants that supply the needs of the entire Pacific coast. It is not clear when the facility will reopen.