Mexico Rocked By 7.6 Earthquake

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MEXICO CITY (CNN)-A 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit Mexico Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.  The earthquake’s epicenter was about 15 miles (25 km) east of Ometepec, Guerrero, the agency said, and its depth was about 11 miles (17 km).  The agency earlier reported the magnitude of the quake at 7.9, but later revised that figure.

Residents rushed into the streets after feeling the temblor in Mexico City.  Tourists and residents also felt the earthquake in the resort city of Acapulco.  Mexican President Felipe Calderon said in a Twitter post that there were no immediate reports of serious damage.

In Mexico City, Mayor Marcelo Ebrard sent tweets saying that there was no visible damage in the capital and that the sprawling city’s strategic services and water system were functioning. Regardless, he tweeted, numerous buildings were being evacuated.

The White House has issued a statement, saying the President oldest daughter, Malia, is in Mexico vacation with her class from school.  She’s safe and never was in danger during a strong earthquake Tuesday in Mexico. Malia, 13, is on vacation with a school group in Oaxaca in southwestern Mexico, according to reports from the region.

Kristina Schake, the first lady’s communications director, says Malia Obama “is safe and was never in danger.” Typically the White House does not comment on the Obama children but made an exception because of the quake.

You can keep track of the earthquake and its aftershocks on the USGS website:
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Maps/region/N_America.php

Here are the details about the first temblor:
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usc0008m6h.php

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