Busy Parent Briefing: Earthquake Hits Mexico Spring Break Hot SpotKatherine Stone
Mexican authorities are reporting that a 7.6 earthquake hit the state of Guerrero around noon today, with an epicenter between Acapulco and Oaxaca. Phone lines are jammed and it’s difficult to tell yet what the extent of the damage is.
The mayor of Mexico City has already surveyed his city by helicopter and has seen no significant damage, and Mexican President Felipe Calderon tweeted that there is little damage in the areas closer to the quake. There are no reports of any injuries thus far.
It’s Spring Break week in many parts of the US, so the hotels and beaches in Mexico were likely packed with beachgoers when the temblor hit. The US State Department says approximately 100,000 American teenagers and young adults travel to Mexico for Spring Break Each year.
Those beachgoers may have included Malia Obama, daughter of the President, who is currently on a school trip in Mexico, the exact location of which has not been released. The White House has informed the press that she is fine and was never in any danger.
As of this time, there is no tsunami warning despite the earthquake’s location near the Pacific coast.