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A powerful magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit the southern Mexican state of Chiapas in the late morning of Friday, Feb. 1, and was felt as far north as Mexico City and as far south as Guatemala and El Salvador.

The telluric quake, which hit at approximately 10:19 a.m., had its epicenter near Tapachula, Chiapas and was similar to the one that devastated much of the country on Sept. 19, 2017, according to the National Seismic Service (SSN), which originally registered it at a magnitude of 6.5 on the Richter scale.

The quake did not set off Mexico City’s earthquake alarm, but swaying buildings sent thousands of nervous people rushing to the street along the capital’s Avenida de la Reforma and other parts of the city.

As of yet, no injuries have been reported, although at lest 62 buildings in Chiapas reported damages.


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