Panic in Mexico as 2nd strong quake strikes in 3 days

Panic in Mexico as 2nd strong quake strikes in 3 days
A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake has struck southwest Mexico just two days after a 6.4 tremor hit the same region. The latest quake sparked panic among local residents and caused some holidaymakers to abandon their hotels in the resort of Acapulco.

Saturday’s quake struck the state of Guerrero at 0236 local time (0736 GMT) about 38 kilometers southwest of the city of Tecpan, the US Geological Survey reports. The epicenter of the earthquake was at a depth of 5 kilometers.

Although no immediate damages were reported in the region, the tremor caused widespread panic in the tourist resort of Acapulco. People ran out of bars and nightclubs into the street and some hotels evacuated their guests as a result of the quake.

“A preliminary inspection of the city shows no damages or injured,” the mayor of Mexico City, Miguel Angel Mancera, said on his Twitter account.

This latest tremor was preceded by an even stronger earthquake Thursday, that measured 6.4 on the Richter scale and struck the same region. The quake was felt in the Mexican capital and there was significant damage to buildings and roads, although there were no fatalities or injuries reported.

Mexico is located atop three large tectonic plates and is one of the world's most seismically active regions.

People remain outside of their houses after an earthquake shooked Mexico City early on May 10, 2014. (AFP Photo / Yuri Cortez)