Mexico was hit by a 7.4 magnitude earthquake yesterday. The quake was centered in Guerrero, in southern Mexico.
Damage was reported in Mexico City, but there is a hole in the media coverage: There has been no mention of the nuclear power plant at Laguna Verde near Veracruz, which is closer to the epicenter than is Mexico City. Laguna Verde is a little over two hundred miles from the quake’s center.
Here’s a sample of the coverage, from Reuters:
A major earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, unleashing panic as it damaged hundreds of buildings and caused homes in the capital to bounce like “trampolines”.
Office workers fled into the street when the 7.4-magnitude quake shook Mexico City for more than a minute. Cell phone lines went down, buildings were evacuated, traffic snarled and the stock exchange had to suspend trading early.
At least 11 people were injured, the Interior Ministry said.
The quake hit hardest in the southwestern state of Guerrero, where around 800 houses were damaged, officials said. The state governor Angel Aguirre said he had reports of homes being knocked down, though state authorities could not confirm this.
The tremor was one of the strongest to hit the country since the devastating 8.1-magnitude earthquake of 1985, which killed thousands in Mexico City.
Mexico’s interior ministry said the country would remain on high alert for the next 24 hours after 18 aftershocks to the quake were registered. Some were above magnitude 5.