Monday, April 27, 2009

Mexico City - Earthquake Rocks Tixtla, Guerrero, 5.8 Magnitude

Mexico rattled by 6.0 magnitude earthquake (double-click image for video). Image Credit: USGS

Mexico City - Earthquake Rocks Tixtla, Guerrero, 5.8 Magnitude

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First reports have the earthquake set at 5.8 magnitude on the Richter scale but as these things go ... could go higher.

It is too soon to report on possible damage and injuries.

This just in from Reuters:
Mexico was hit by a 6.0 magnitude earthquake on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The USGS said the quake hit 19 miles south-southeast of Tixtla, Guerrero, about 150 miles south of the capital, Mexico City. It was 25.6 miles deep.

Buildings in the capital shook.

Quakes of this magnitude are classified as strong and are capable of causing severe damage.
The USGS earlier reported the quake measured 5.8.

This excerpted and edited from the BBC -

A strong earthquake has struck south of Mexico's capital, Mexico City, causing buildings to shake and prompting workers to rush out onto the streets.
Mexico is currently battling an outbreak of the swine flu virus, which has claimed 149 lives in the country.

This excerpted from Bloomberg News -
Some phone lines were knocked out of service in the capital’s historic center, El Universal newspaper reported on its Web site. Reforma newspaper cited the public security ministry as saying there were no reports of major incidents of damage related to the earthquake.
The quake hit at about 11:46 a.m. local time at a depth of about 49 kilometers, according to the USGS.

Petroleos Mexicanos, the state-owned oil company, said its refineries are operating normally following the earthquake.

A Health Ministry press conference about the country’s outbreak of swine flu paused during the temblor, then resumed.

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