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6.7 earthquake rocks Mexico City; no tsunami warning for California

December 10, 2011 |  6:09 pm
Mexico City
A 6.7 earthquake rocked parts of Mexico -- including Mexico City -- on Saturday evening. But officials said they don't expect the temblor to cause any tsunami warnings along the California coast.

The quake was reported 22 miles from Teloloapan in Mexico's Guerrero state, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The temblor occurred at 5:47 p.m. Pacific time. The depth was recorded at 39.8 miles.

"A strong earthquake has occurred, but a tsunami IS NOT expected along the California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, or Alaska coast. NO tsunami warning, watch or advisory is in effect for these areas," the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a statement. "Based on the earthquake magnitude, location and historic tsunami records, a damaging tsunami IS NOT expected along the California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska coasts."

[Updated at 6:20 p.m.: The extent of the damage from the strong temblor was not immediately clear. But numerous people in Mexico City said the quake was strong enough that they fled from buildings onto the street.]

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Photo: "People freaked out standing in middle of the street after tonight's STRONG quake in Mexico City," reporter Daniel Hernandez described on his Twitter account. Credit: Daniel Hernandez / Los Angeles Times

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