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Low magnitude earthquakes rock parts of Mexico City

Mexico City, Mexico — Two small earthquakes felt in a municipality of Mexico City Friday morning were enough to cause panic among residents.

The two earthquakes of magnitude 2.2 and 1.8 respectively, were felt in the Narvarte neighborhood in the Benito Juárez district at 11:07 a.m. Both tremors had an epicenter four kilometers southwest of the Iztacalco delegation and were recorded 13 minutes apart.

Although the Secretary of Civil Protection of Mexico City, Fausto Lugo, said no injuries or damages were reported, it was still enough for earthquake-worry residents to express fear.

The official said that despite the magnitude of the earthquake, it was “perceived as strong”, so authorities carried out security protocol to verify potential damages.

Lugo said a review will be made of the buildings that were affected by the September 19 earthquake.

“It is a local earthquake,” said Lugo. “It is perceived strongly and the revision has to be done in a procedure of a normal earthquake. There is no distinction of magnitude when it is felt, the revision must be carried out.”

Users of social networks reported that despite its low magnitude, a very strong movement was felt mainly in areas of Insurgentes and Mixcoac.