updated 1/1/2004 9:43:56 PM ET 2004-01-02T02:43:56

A strong earthquake rocked Mexico City and Acapulco Thursday, shaking buildings and sending some people fleeing into the streets. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage.

The quake, centered 25 miles east of the resort of Zihuatanejo, had a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 and struck shortly after 5:30 p.m. local time, according to the National Earthquake Information Center, in Golden, Colorado.

It was followed by at least one strong aftershock.

Some residents ran from their highrise apartments in Mexico City, while tourists fled oceanside hotels in Acapulco as a precaution.

Because the quake occurred on New Year’s Day, most people were home with their families or on vacation.

Mexico City’s earthquake-prone center, built on a former lake bed, was largely empty of the normal weekday crowds.

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