7.4 magnitude earthquake rattle nerves throughtout Mexico

March 20, 2012MEXICOA major earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, damaging buildings and forcing evacuations in the capital and reportedly knocking down some homes in rural areas. Office buildings shook and office employees fled into the street when the 7.4magnitude 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. The governor of the southwestern state of Guerrero, Angel Aguirre, said he had received reports of 500 homes damaged, with some of them knocked down, but he gave no more details. In the Pacific coast beach resort of Acapulco, tourists ran out of cafes and restaurants, a local resident said. “I swear I never felt one so strong, I thought the building was going to collapse,” said Sebastian Herrera, 42, a businessman from a Mexico City neighborhood hit hard in a devastating 1985 earthquake that killed thousands of people. Some buildings in the capital’s trendy district of Condesa were cracked by the earthquake on Tuesday, and residents raced out of their buildings with young children and dogs in their arms. Television images showed part of a bridge collapsed onto a vehicle on the outskirts of Mexico City, but Mayor Marcelo Ebrard said no one was injured and helicopter flyovers showed there was no sign of major damage in the capital. President Felipe Calderon also said on his twitter account there were no reports of serious damage. Mexico City’s international airport was operating normally and only a couple flights to the United States were temporarily grounded, a spokesman said.
 The U.S. Geological Survey, or USGS, said the quake registered magnitude 7.4 and that its epicenter was in Guerrero state, near Acapulco. It also reported several aftershocks. More than two hours after the quake, some residents of the capital were still too scared to return to their homes, fearing powerful aftershocks. The quake cracked walls and knocked down roofs in Ometepec, the town closest to the epicenter, but there were no reports of casualties there, a state government spokesman said earlier. In Acapulco, schools were evacuated and some parents rushed to pick up their children, but there appeared to be no major damage to hotels or other buildings in the resort. The White House, which has declined to confirm reports that President Barack Obama’s daughter Malia was vacationing in Mexico, said the 13-year-old was safe. “In light of today’s earthquake, we can confirm that Malia Obama is safe and was never in danger,” said Kristina Schake, communications director to first lady Michelle Obama. “We would reiterate our request that the media respect the privacy and security of the Obama children and not report on or photograph the girls when they are not with their parents.” The quake was felt as far away as Guatemala City. Gabino Cue, governor of Oaxaca State, said via twitter that the quake had caused cracks in school buildings and damaged roofs in one part of the state. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the inland earthquake would not generate a destructive widespread tsunami, but there was the possibility of some local tsunami effects. –Reuters
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6 Responses to 7.4 magnitude earthquake rattle nerves throughtout Mexico

  1. John says:

    Is this a 2nd earthquake? From what I can tell, there was only 1 big one in Mexico today.

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  2. Barry says:

    There was a 7.3 in Honshu Japan 2 days before the 9.0 in Honshu Japan last year. We had a 7.4 today that is 2 days before the 188 day theory between large earthquakes. I’m not sure I believe in the 188 day theory, but it makes you wonder….

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    • Chynna says:

      Glad someone did this for me :). Either they are really good at predicting exactly when and wat kind of earthquake is going to happen. Or there is something even more sinister going on. Something crazy we could never fathom. Perhaps a new kind of war? A war of the weather!

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    • smedinar says:

      I’m sorry to dissapoint but this video has not good information I’m from México City. Simulacro for us means to practice (Simulación would Simulation) what to do in case one of these events happen, these practices happen in our schools since we are in Kinder Garden, we grow up (as we are in a country of high amount of quakes) listening what to do in case of quakes, I’ve lived around 10 to 20 earthquakes maybe that I can recall at least of 4-5 degrees to 7.9. This practice/simulacro which the video talks about was in Chiapas, not in Oaxaca, where the epicenter was. I know and I’m sure all these quakes happening at the same time everywhere have a meaning. But that they did a simulacro didn’t mean they simulated an earthquake, it was a practice that the government of Chiapas organized MONTHS ago because they have one of the most active epicenters of Earthquakes close by, so they decided to make a mega-practice in schools, companies, airport, etc… to be prepared in case they had a huge event like this. Chiapas is recognized for being one of the states in México that tries to have the best technology, security, etc… most of the times the accomplish, is one of the best places to live also. I’m not saying this wasn’t premeditated, man made or it was natural. But to use this information as an asumption of a conspiracy is just not right. Maybe you can say or think that the government already knew this was going to happen, and that’s why they did the practice… so why not doing it where the EPICENTER WAS, in Oaxaca, or in Acapulco where it was so hard, or in Mexico City where the quakes feel so strong because of the horrible soil we have?

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