3 Dead in 6.5 Mexico Quake

No major damage reported
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 11, 2011 7:29 AM CST
People remain outside on December 10, 2011 after an eartquake in Mexico City.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck in Mexico's western Guerrero state last night, shaking buildings and causing panic in the nation's capital and the Pacific resort of Acapulco. Officials say at least three people died, but there were no reports of widespread damage. One man was killed when a house's roof collapsed in Iguala, a second died in the small town of Ixcateopan, and the driver of a cargo truck was killed by rocks that fell on the vehicle driving on the toll highway linking Acapulco with Mexico City.

A secondary highway between the two cities was blocked in two places by rockslides. High-rises swayed in the center of Mexico City for more than a minute, and shoppers were temporarily herded out of some shopping centers until the danger passed. Mexico City's mayor, Marcelo Ebrard, reported by Twitter that no major damage had been reported. He said power failed in some parts of the city. Acapulco authorities say they found no structural damage and had no reports of injuries in the Pacific resort, which was about 87 miles from the quake's epicenter. (Read more Mexico stories.)

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