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    By The Associated Press
    Last Update: 10:21 PM ET Jan. 21, 2003

    MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A powerful earthquake shook Mexico City and the country's Pacific coast late Tuesday, sending panicked residents spilling into capital streets and knocking out power to large swaths of the city.
    The national seismological service said the 7.6-magnitude quake struck at 8:07 p.m. on the coast of Colima, a small state which includes the port city of Manzanillo, about 300 miles west of Mexico City.

    Quakes of at least magnitude 7 are considered major and capable of inflicting widespread, heavy damage.

    National civil defense chief Carmen Segura told local news media that there were no immediate reports of damage in Colima or the neighboring state of Jalisco.

    In the Jalisco state capital of Guadalajara, Mexico's second-largest city, doctors treated dozens of people for panic, but there were no reports of physical injuries.

    People rushed into the streets of Mexico City, many of them barefoot or wrapped in blankets against the chill.

    Police cars drove slowly through the streets of Mexico City with sirens flashing, asking people over loudspeakers: ``Is everything OK?''

    Copyright 2003, The Associated Press. All rights reserved

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