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A strong 7.6 magnitude earthquake has struck near Mexico City following a series of other earthquakes across the globe.
The earthquake's epicenter hit in Guerrero state Tuesday afternoon, causing an aftershock, which affected much of southern Mexico. The depth of the earthquake extended for about 12.4 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
"I have problems with pressure, I felt I was going to faint," Rosa Maria Lopez Velazquez, 62, told MSN outside a mall in Mexico City. President Felipe Calderon reported via his Twitter account that no serious damage had occurred.
Local residents however, still appeared to be shaken by the events.
"I swear I never felt one so strong, I thought the building was going to collapse,'' Sebastian Herrera, 42, told MSN. Herrera also lived through Mexico's devastating 1985 earthquake, which killed thousands.
Another earthquake also struck in Papua, Indonesia at the magnitude of 6.2 around the same time Tuesday. No immediate reports of damage were made.
Several far smaller earthquakes have occurred in the past few days. Two earthquakes occurred yesterday: one in Southern California with a magnitude of 3.2 and one in Hawthorne, Nevada with that magnitude of 3.8.
The back-to-back earthquakes have caused concern for some. However, the Spartan also suggested that earthquakes are more common than believed.
"Every year the planet is struck by an earthquake on average 30,000 times," the site reported.