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Quake Shakes Mexico City

October 12, 1995

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ A second earthquake in four days rattled Mexico City today, causing skyscrapers to sway and people to rush out of their offices in panic.

The shaking began at 10:55 a.m. (12:55 p.m. EDT) and lasted only a few seconds.

A preliminary reading at the National Seismological Institute said the quake measured 6.1 and the epicenter was near the border between Michoacan and Colima states on Mexico’s Pacific coast.

The quake was the 26th and strongest aftershock of a 7.6-magnitude quake on Monday that killed at least 54 people and was centered 300 miles west of Mexico City just off Colima’s coast.

The town hardest hit on Monday was Manzanillo, 25 miles southeast of the center of today’s quake. Today’s temblor collapsed the roof of a movie theater damaged in Monday’s quake and knocked down a wall at the bus station, the government’s Notimex news agency reported.

There were no immediate reports of deaths from the new quake, but Notimex quoted local officials as saying five workmen were hurt in Manzanillo when they jumped from scaffolding.

A 1985 earthquake in Mexico that killed more than 6,000 people has made many nerves raw when the ground starts rolling.

``This is the second time this week, and I’m not taking any chances,″ said Armando Alyuso, an office worker in a high-rise building along Mexico City’s main boulevard, Paseo de la Reforma.

Fellow office worker Lilibet Gomez said, ``I’m scared whenever it shakes,″ as she ran down the stairwell from the seventh floor of the building.

Other office workers who stayed inside the building were too nervous to move and hugged each other for support.

Trading continued on the stock exchange, unlike Monday, when it stopped operating for about 40 minutes.

Most Mexican quakes occur along a swath of coastline from the Guatemalan border to near Puerto Vallarta, where the Cocos Plate of the earth’s crust thrusts under the North American Plate.

Today’s quake was the third powerful tremor to hit Mexico in a month. A magnitude-7.3 quake on Sept. 14 killed five people in southern Mexico.

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