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6.3 Earthquake Hits Mexico City, Again

Mexico Earthquake
(Credit: ABC News)
Mexico Earthquake
Damage from March 20, 2012 Earthquake in Mexico City (Credit: ABC News)

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake shook Mexico City Monday afternoon in the same region which suffered a 7.4-magnitude quake two weeks ago.

According to the United States Geological Survey report, the epicenter was in southern Mexico near the border of Guerrero and Oaxaca states, 111 miles east-southeast of Acapulco at a depth of 12 miles.

13-year-old daughter of President Obama, Malia, was reportedly vacationing for spring break when the first earthquake occurred two weeks ago.

“In light of today’s earthquake, we can confirm that Malia Obama is safe and was never in danger,” Kristina Schake announced to CBS. Schake is the communications director for Michelle Obama. She continued, “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.”

Two people died as a result from the first earthquake.

“You can definitely have some pretty significant damage for the region,” USGS geophysicist Julie Dutton told CBS. He continued to say that they have been seeing aftershocks after the first quake, which are in the 5.0-magnitude range.

Residents who live close to the epicenter of the quake describe being rattled around.

“It was very strong, but we didn’t see anything fall,” Irma Ortiz, who own a business in Oaxaca, said to the Associated Press in the middle of March.

The worst seems to be over for Mexico since the Associated Press has not reported any immediate damage and according to The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center there is not a tsunami threat for the region.

People flooded the streets of Mexico city when building began to shake, Reuters reports.

Although there was “no serious damage,” the Mayor of Mexico City, Marcelo Ebrard took to Twitter and tweeted that “several properties with cracks, broken glass, or tilt,” after the first quake.

After a helicopter ride over the city, the Associated Press reports that Mayor Marcelo Ebrard sent out a tweet saying no major damage had been reported.

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