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Powerful Quake Kills 19 in Mexico

January 22, 2003

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ A powerful earthquake shook west-central Mexico late Tuesday, sending panicked residents spilling into the streets of major cities and knocking out power to many areas. Nineteen people were killed in the western state of Colima.

Mexico’s national seismological service put the quake’s magnitude at 7.6. The agency said it struck at 8:07 p.m. in Colima, a small state roughly 300 miles west of Mexico City. Butch Kinerney, a spokesman for the U.S. Geological Survey, said scientists there calculated the magnitude at 7.8.

Colima Gov. Fernando Moreno Pena said 19 people were killed in the quake, nine in the capital city of Colima and 10 others elsewhere in his state.

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