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6.2 quake strikes Mexico; little damage reported

November 15, 2012|By Cecilia Sanchez and Richard Fausset | This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.

MEXICO CITY -- A magnitude 6.2 earthquake rattled west-central Mexico early Thursday morning, but government officials have reported finding little damage so far.

The quake occurred at 3:20 a.m. local time (1:20 a.m. PST) with an epicenter southwest of Mexico City, in the state of Guerrero, according to Mexico's National Seismological Service.

Government helicopters were dispatched to search for potential damage in Mexico City, where the quake was felt strongly, but by around 4:30 a.m. Mayor Marcelo Ebrard was reporting "no damage" on his Twitter account. 

Similar messages went out from President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto, who reported "no information of serious damage," and the governor of Guerrero state, who said that children should be prepared for a normal Thursday at school.

[For the Record, 11:34 a.m. Nov. 15: An earlier version of this post did not include Cecilia Sanchez as an author.]

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Sanchez reported from Mexico City and Fausset from Guatemala City.

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