Doomwatch: Earthquake rocks Mexico City

No information yet, but it is clear that Mexico City is having a bloody awful month. If it was a serious quake, it is going to make dealing with the swine flu outbreak (The death toll from swine flu in Mexico is now up to 149) much more difficult.

This is all the info we have this minute, fresh off the Associated Press newswire:

A powerful earthquake has rocked tall buildings in Mexico capital, sending office workers down stairways into the streets. – AP

Update 6:44 pm GMT:

The Telegraph is reporting that it was strength 6 on the Richter Scale, which, according to the wikipedia article on the Richter Scale is considered “Strong. Can be destructive in areas up to about 160 kilometres (100 mi) across in populated areas. No reports of any casualties yet. Mexico City had a catastrophic strength 8.1 quake back in 1985, so hopefully most buildings are built to withstand today’s quake.

Update 6:57 pm GMT:

The US Geological Survey says it was a 5.6, centered 155 miles south of Mexico City in a region called Guerrero, 40 miles east of Acapulco.

Update 11.55 pm GMT:

It looks like the earthquake did not cause any serious harm. That’s some good news for a nation that could really use some.

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