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Mexico: Major 7.6 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Acapulco and Oaxaca, Felt as Far as Away as Guatemala City

USGS now calling this a 7.4 magnitude earthquake …

“MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A major earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, damaging buildings, scaring residents and prompting evacuations across the capital, although there were no early reports of serious damage.

Office buildings shook and office employees fled into the street when the 7.6-magnitude quake rattled Mexico City. Cell phone lines went down and traffic snarled in the capital moments after the quake, which lasted for more than a minute.

‘I swear I never felt one so strong, I thought the building was going to collapse,’ said Sebastian Herrera, 42, a businessman from a neighborhood hit hard in Mexico’s devastating 1985 earthquake, which killed thousands.

Television images showed part of a bridge collapsed onto a vehicle on Tuesday. It wasn’t immediately clear if anyone was injured.

Some buildings in the trendy district of Condesa were cracked, though mayor Marcelo Ebrard said via his twitter account there was no sign of major damage to the city from the air after conducting a helicopter flyover.

President Felipe Calderon also said on his twitter account there were no reports of serious damage from the quake.

The U.S. Geological Survey, or USGS, said the quake registered magnitude 7.6 and that its epicenter was in Guerrero state, near the Pacific Coast resort of Acapulco.” Read more.

Barack Obama’s daughter Malia safe after powerful earthquake rocks Mexico – “The White House has confirmed that President Barack Obama’s 13-year-old daughter Malia is safe after a strong earthquake rocked Mexico where she is on spring break vacation with friends. ‘In light of today’s earthquake, we can confirm that Malia Obama is safe and was never in danger,’ said Kristina Schake, spokeswoman for First Lady Michelle Obama.” Read more.

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