April 28, 2009
Mexico Hit by 5.6 Magnitude Earthquake
Mexico was rocked by an earthquake on Monday. The quake hit central Mexico with a magnitude of 5.6. It was centered by Chilpancingo, about 130 miles southwest of Mexico City or 50 miles from the resort of Acapulco.
already reeling from the swine flu is now having to deal with a strong earthquake in the central portion of the nation. The quake was strong enough to sway buildings in Mexico City.
According to Televisa television network Mexico City there are no reports yet of damage or injuries.
Deseret News reports:
“I’m scared,” said Sarai Luna Pajas, a 22-year-old social services worker standing outside her office building moments after it hit. “We Mexicans are not used to living with so much fear, but all that is happening — the economic crisis, the illnesses and now this — it feels like the Apocalypse.”
USGS earthquake analyst Don Blakeman said that the quake was felt in Mexico City is because the epicenter is shallow and the ground under the nation’s capital is built on a former lake bed. This can intensify shock waves.
The quake happened at around noon in Mexico.