Strong quake hits Mexico, shakes capital

MEXICO CITY - A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Mexico on Tuesday, shaking buildings as far as the capital and rousing people out of their beds at dawn.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The US Geological Survey said the quake took place at 5:46 am (1046 GMT) in Veracruz state, at a depth of 95 kilometers (59 miles) and 19 kilometers southwest of the municipality of Juan Rodriguez Clara.

National civil protection coordinator Luis Felipe Puente said no casualties or damage were spotted after authorities checked the entire state of Veracruz.

Some hotels were evacuated in the neighbouring state of Oaxaca.

The quake took place 418 kilometers southeast of Mexico City, rattling buildings and prompting residents to evacuate their homes.

Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said authorities reviewed the metropolis of 20 million people and found no damage or injuries.

Rosalinda Gonzalez, a 38-year-old secretary, fled from her apartment in her pyjamas in downtown Mexico City.

"My (baby) daughter began to cry and when I got up I saw that it was shaking because her crib's mobile was moving by itself," she said.

Mexico is one of the most seismically active places in the world.

Mexico City is sensitive to distant earthquakes because it was built over soft soil from a drained lake that magnifies their effect.

In 1985, thousands of people were killed in the capital when buildings collapsed after an 8.1-magnitude temblor struck the Pacific coast.