A 7.4 magnitude earthquake rocked central-southern Mexico just a few minutes after noon local time today. The quake, centered 11 miles underground near the city of Ometepec in the state of Guerrero, was followed by a weaker, 5.1 magnitude aftershock. Both quakes were felt throughout the country, including the capital Mexico City, but have had limited damage so far.
President Felipe Calderon announced that there have not been any reports of major damage and Mexico City mayor Marcelo Ebrard tweeted that the city’s “strategic services,” including the water system and airport, are functioning. Ground reports indicate that telephone lines are down in Guerrero and neighboring Oaxaca, but that few buildings were damaged. Patt checks in for some local reactions to the tremors.
Kate Hutton, seismologist at CalTech