Mexico City hit by 5.9 Earthquake

(Picture Courtesy of the AP)

“An earthquake shook Mexico’s capital early Monday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed.  The USGS said the epicenter was in Guerrero state, where the coastal resort of Acapulco is located, roughly 360 kilometers from Mexico City.  The USGS put the magnitude at 5.6, downgrading it from an initial reading of 6.0. The earthquake’s depth made serious damage less likely, said Jim Dewey, a research geophysicist with USGS,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

“Certainly strong shaking could be perceived, but it wouldn’t likely cause extensive damage,” Dewey said. “It was 25 miles deep, so that puts some distance between it and the surface of the ground.”

What did Mexico do to deserve both an earthquake and a swine flu outbreak?  While this quake did not do much damage, what about aftershocks?  What if their water supply is compromised?  Oh boy…


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