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April 19, 2014

Quake shakes Mexican capital

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ACAPULCO, Mexico —

Miriam Matz, 45, gathered her suitcases and her teenage daughter to temporarily move out the apartment in the Morelos housing towers in downtown Mexico City where she has lived for five years, after brickwork and concrete slabs fell off the side of the 15-story tower, and long snaking cracks appeared on some walls during Friday’s earthquake.

The sidewalk in front of the building was littered with bits of brick, glass and smashed concrete, and the area was roped off with yellow police tape.

Authorities have not forced residents to evacuate, but Matz said she would leave for safety’s sake.

“We are going to spend a night or two at my sister’s house, in case there are any aftershocks,” she said.

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Associated Press writers Mark Stevenson, Michael Weissenstein, E. Eduardo Castillo and Olga R. Rodriguez contributed to this report from Mexico City.

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