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Early-morning quakes shake western Mexico

March 26, 2013 at 11:10 AM   |   Comments

GOLDEN, Colo., March 26 (UPI) -- Two strong earthquakes shook the Pacific Coast of Mexico before dawn Tuesday, with no initial reports of damage or injuries, officials say.

The first quake, of 5.5-magnitude, occurred just after 6 a.m. local time (9 a.m. EDT) about 11 miles west-southwest of Santiago Pinotepa Nacional, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The temblor was located at a depth of 4.7 miles, USGS said.

The second quake, with 5.1-magnitude, shook the ground 8 minutes later 3 miles closer to the same town. The quake was located deeper underground, at a depth of 8 miles.

The quakes were about 100 miles east of Acapulco.

The Acapulco region has been an active earthquake area in recent months, LALATE reported. A 6.3-magnitude quake struck the area in April 2012. A 4.8-magnitude quake shook the same region in January.

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