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7.6-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Central Southern Mexico

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People observe the damages in a building in Mexico City after a strong quake hit Mexico on March 20, 2012. A powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck southwest Mexico, causing residents in the capital several hundred miles away to rush out onto the streets but no immediate reports of serious damage. The quake struck near the tourist resort of Acapulco, just after midday some 25 km northeast of the town of Ometepec, the US Geological Survey said. Earlier it had estimated the magnitude at 7.9, before downgrading it to 7.6. (Photo credit: ANGEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

People observe the damages in a building in Mexico City after a strong quake hit Mexico on March 20, 2012. A powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck southwest Mexico, causing residents in the capital several hundred miles away to rush out onto the streets but no immediate reports of serious damage. The quake struck near the tourist resort of Acapulco, just after midday some 25 km northeast of the town of Ometepec, the US Geological Survey said. Earlier it had estimated the magnitude at 7.9, before downgrading it to 7.6. (Photo credit: ANGEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

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MEXICO CITY (CBS) — A 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck central southern Mexico Tuesday, sending Mexican-Americans here in Chicago scrambling for updates on friends and family.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the earthquake was 113 miles east of Acapulco, in the state of Guerrero.

CBS News reports the quake shook buildings and sent people running into the streets in Mexico City. No earthquake this severe has hit in Mexico since an 8.2-magnitude quake in 1985, CBS News reported.

President Barack Obama’s daughter, Malia, is reportedly on spring break in Oaxaca, Mexico, which is a few hundred miles east of the earthquake site. She is reported to be fine, although there were aftershocks reported in the area.

Chicagoans were quickly trying to get in touch with relatives. Many reported that Internet service was down in Mexico City, but they were able to reach friends and family via text message.

Maura Wall Hernandez, digital editor at the Chicago Tribune, said her sister-in-law left her university job in Mexico City early as a precaution. There were no reports of major damage, just some minor structural damage.

Meanwhile, Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard’s Twitter account said the water system and other “strategic services” were not experiencing problems, the Associated Press reported.

Reuters reported of problems with traffic and cell phone lines in the capital after the quake hit.

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