Mexico hit by 6.0 magnitude quake

MEXICO CITY, April 27, (Reuters) - Mexico was hit by a 6.0 magnitude earthquake on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of deaths or damage in the capital, Mexico City.

The USGS said the quake hit 19 miles (30 km) south-southeast of Tixtla, Guerrero, about 150 miles (240 km) from the capital, Mexico City. Its epicenter was 25.6 miles (40 km) deep.

Buildings in the capital shook. The city and its surrounding area have a population of around 20 million.

A civil protection official said there were no immediate reports of deaths or damages from the quake in Mexico City.

Quakes of this magnitude are classified as strong and are capable of causing severe damage.

The quake hit as Mexico dealt with an outbreak of swine flu that has made hundreds of people ill.

Mexico's health minister, Jose Angel Cordova, said on Monday that the outbreak was suspected to have killed 149 people in the country and the number of cases was seen rising. (Reporting by Anahi Rama, Editing by Frances Kerry)