Mexico – A long and powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake, whose epicenter was in Guerrero state, shook southern Mexico yesterday, shaking buildings causing a panic in the population in Mexico. It made no mention of major damage or casualties in the immediate future.
According to the Institute of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported the quake had a magnitude of 7.6 on the Richter scale and its epicenter was located about fifteen kilometers underground. It was followed by an aftershock with a magnitude of 5.1 also felt in the capital.
President Felipe Calderón reported on his Twitter account that made no mention of damage.
According to the Seismological Institute of Mexico, the epicenter was located about 25 km of Ometepec, and the quake was felt strongly in Oaxaca.
The Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard, said on his Twitter account that there were no problems on the water distribution system and other “strategic services”, and that it was state of no damage in the central and northern parts of the city.
People who were at their work and home, rushed out into the streets of the capital after the quake, which occurred shortly after noon.
“I have blood pressure problems, I thought I might faint,” said for his part Rosa Maria Lopez Velazquez, 62, outside a shop in Mexico.
The Mexico City airport was closed for a few moments, but no damage was reported on the runways and operations gradually returned to normal.