Strong Earthquake Strikes Near Acapulco, Damages Around 800 Homes

MEXICO CITY (CBS Houston/AP) — A 7.4-magnitude earthquake rattled Acapulco, Mexico, a favorite tourist destination, Tuesday afternoon, causing widespread damage and toppling hundreds of houses.

The United States Geological Survey reports that the quake’s epicenter was 11 miles underground and 115 miles from Acapulco, in the Oaxaca region, where President Obama’s 13-year-old daughter Malia is reportedly staying for spring break. The White House tells CBS Houston that Malia is safe.

“In light of today’s earthquake, we can confirm that Malia Obama is safe and was never in danger,” Kristina Schake, communications director to Michelle Obama, told CBS Houston. “We would reiterate our request that the media respect the privacy and security of the Obama children and not report on or photograph the girls when they are not with their parents.”

The Guerrero state government emergency personnel reports 800 residential building collapses, though the survey is still incomplete.

“You can definitely have some pretty significant damage for the region,” USGS geophysicist Julie Dutton told CBS Houston, adding they have seen aftershocks in the 5.0-magnitude range since the initial quake.

Residents near the epicenter describe being shook side-to-side.

“It was very strong, but we didn’t see anything fall,” Irma Ortiz, who runs a guesthouse in Oaxaca, told the Associated Press.

Governor Angel Aguirre Rivero ordered the immediate dispatch of help and support personnel to the area. Mexican President Felipe Calderon instructed the immediate transfer of medical brigades to serve affected populations like in Igualapa where houses are reported affected; Cuajinicuilapa, where several larger buildings were affected and in Huajintepec, the epicenter.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says there is no tsunami threat for the region.

Reuters reports that buildings shook and people fled into the streets in Mexico City.

Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard took to Twitter to say that “no serious damage” has been reported in the schools but there are “several properties with cracks, broken glass, or tilt.”

A woman who answered the phone at General Hospital in Putla Villa de Guerrero told CBS News that there have been people treated for only minor injuries.

There have been no reported deaths from the earthquake.

Los Angeles International Airport officials say the three airlines serving Acapulco from LAX do not report any delays following the earthquake.

Airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles says three airlines have five daily connecting flights from LAX to Acapulco with a change of aircraft in Mexico City.

Castles says four of the flights had departed Los Angeles before Tuesday’s quake and the remaining afternoon flight is still scheduled to depart.

Castles says passengers scheduled to depart to Acapulco should nonetheless check the flight status with their airline before coming to the airport.

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  • John Freiheit

    Wow that is a HUGE earthquake ! There building codes arent up to snuff either… and right on the coast there could even be a Tsunami coming depending on where it was. WOW hope everyone is ok but I supsect a lot of injured or even dead.

    • Bob Johnson

      The earthquake was under land. It won’t make a tsunami.

    • Dennis

      The quake was east of Acapulco so the danger of a tsunami is non-existent. Tsunamis are caused by displacement of earth into or under the sea (though movement at a subduction fault under the sea is most likely to cause massive tsunamis that cause widespread damage over great areas). Both the Japan and Indonesia tsunamis were caused by a massive event at a subduction fault. There are subduction fault zones along the Mexican Coast and most of South America. There are also subduction plates beginning in Northern California through Alaska, through the Aleutians and down the Eastern part of Asia and into Indonesia.

    • dessertgirl

      Puerto Escondido (one of the destinations) on the coast of Oaxaca has very bad undertows in normal weather. You cannot swim on most of the beaches. Even a small disturbance could be very dangerous.

      • ShockingNews

        My God an earthquake? Unelected officials took over Washington and the media after the coup and cover up. Even most of the comments online are financed with your tax dollars. Big brother is trying to create the perception of public opinion while burying the truth. They think you can’t handle the truth. Fact of the matter is we have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

        Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.

        Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in world history before it disappears forever.

    • Kruel Hunter

      I take it that you did not read the actual article since it specified that no damage has been reported and no one was reportedly injured. There has been no sign of a tsunami either.

    • GRDIII

      No deaths or injuries due to the Mexican population all being in the United States illegally

      • jan


    • RS

      Six miles deep should keep damage and causalities down. In case anybody doesn’t understand, when the Sun sends out large electromagnetic pulses, it causes the electromagnetic current emanating from the Earth’s core to put additional stress on the tectonic plates as it ripples through the planet. Always expect more earthquakes when the Sun is very active, like it has been lately.

      The Sun is the boss of so many things that happen on this planet, especially weather and natural phenomenon. But since the massive egos that promote global warming can’t even pretend to control the Sun, it’s all about our puny cars and power plants.

      • squirefld

        I wonder how long it’s going to take until someone blames the fracking for natural gas, in Youngstown, Ohio?


        Exactly Right, and it’s not just the Earth.

        I remember seeing photos of the melting ice-caps on Mars. As there are no people or automobiles on Mars why then are the polar ice-caps melting one would ask.

        This question is one that could not be dismissed but the pictures were promptly removed and the story just disappeared.

  • dooky


  • SoupySales

    It’s Obama’s fault.

    • Bonnie

      Nope, we all know it’s Bush’s fault.

    • Spanky Spankster

      Surely it is the fault of Bush or the Tea Party.

      (just saving some libunatic from typing his stock talking point)

    • David

      No it is bushes fault!

      • SoupySales

        Or, maybe a couple trees, too!! :)

        I’m sure Obama will make sure to blame President Bush if he thinks it will help his re-election!

    • Marlene Klim

      No problem. Remember he’s the one that believes people shouldn’t be punished by having a child. Apparently, that’s how he feels about his own. Who sends a 13 year old on Spring Break. Especially to a country totally embroiled in DRUG CARTEL WARS.

  • Lorenzo

    Can someone explain why the Obama daughter is in Mexico on “spring break” without her parents? I mean, seiously, the kid is 13 freaking years old. 25 secret service? How much is THAT costing us? Barak O’Bozo and Michelle Antionette have consistantly shown the worst judgment imaginable. ANY whim of theirs is OK since we are paying for it…and our press just smiles and carries their water.

    • dessertgirl

      Hope Malia and her friends enjoyed Air Force II! Is there any cost to the friends for the trip?

      • free man

        Gee….. maybe the president could stop spending our MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!
        They could have a stay cation

    • Spanky Spankster

      This is a political move by Barry.

      Mostly, he’s wooing legal Hispanic voters by sending his daughter to Mexico – a place that no American should be sending a 13-year old for spring break due to crime.

      Also, consider the fact that the cartels have now taken over many resorts and legitimate businesses. If you spend a dollar in Mexico, the chances are good that more than 25% goes to a cartel-owned business.

      Mexico is hurting because of reduced tourism from the USA. Barry is just paying back the cartels who are backing his reelection. They appreciate the encouragement Barry has given illegal immigrants by being lax on them and by promising amnesty in the future. Illegal immigration helps cartels.

      • littleleers

        Spanky, you are so correct. Obama will stop at nothing to give himself (or what he naively believes) is a political advantage come election time. These folks never stop vacationing, but what burns me is that they always take along a large number of “friends”. All of this security protection, fuel burning, extra armored vehicles, etc, on our dime.

      • watchtheborders

        She’s got 11 friends with her, and 25 secret service agents providing their security.

      • SoupySales

        You’re right, Spanky. It’s (the tourism advertising) probably payback to the Mexican cartel drug dealers that Obama didn’t deport from the U.S. so to win their vote in the Fall. Which means Obama is exploiting his daughter at the cost of her personal safety.

    • SoupySales

      Lorenzo, you said my thoughts exactly. I went to Mazatlan with a friend and one parent…when I was sixteen!! And, that was back before there was this much policital unrest in Mexico. DUMB.

    • Hurricane Bob

      My thoughts exactly. My tax dollars at work

    • Marlene Klim

      How would you like to be the Secret Service agent that has to babysit a bunch of 13 year old brats. That is worse than walking the dog.

    • Leigh Ann

      25 Secret Service to watch Malia and 12 of her little girl friends, all at a cost to the US Taxpayer. I thought we were in a economic slowdown…my bad. I can’t say what I want to in public. It gets you censored.

    • keith

      She went to mexico to get the cheap birth control


      No one with any common sense would allow this. B.O. and M.O are just as bad parents as they are Americans. First Family Gone Wild ! SPEND_SPEND_SPEND_You reap what you sow (stole)

    • lhedger

      i got a 13 yr old can i get 25 secret service agents right away for her spring break?

      • Sid

        hey I can get 24 of my buddies to accept money to go to the beach and watch your kid, but you’ll have to pay us. And it will be expensive.

  • keeble

    How does 11 miles underground and 115 miles away count as “near Acapulco”?

    • djohnson

      How does Acapulco count as a popular tourist attraction?

    • hater

      Its probably just some sort of foreign exchange program. Obama’s daughter goes to Mexico for a week and Mexico gets to send 20,000,000 people into the US forever.

      • Suz

        LOL I agree

      • OBG

        Good one! LOL

  • hooah!

    Decent news, considering this might have an impact on the corruption and drug runners down there. On a side note – Biden is an idiot.

  • NJwilleatyou


    • Sando

      Indeed it is!!
      15 trillion in debt
      gas prices thru the roof
      Operation Fast and Furious-gate
      Unemployment at a all time high
      NO HOPE

  • Lance

    Well look who is visiting. The Gods are angry

    • william

      I agree is it a sign against the OBAMA family

    • bryan

      no, God is angry. Singular ;)

      • fromthegarden

        maybe our “Christian president” will rethink his many gods statement!!

      • Spanky Spankster

        Obama akbar!

      • Phil

        Allahu Akbar


    Ummm, didn’t CBS Houston get the memo about not mentioning Obama’s daughter’s travel plans? You’re gonna get a spanking!

    • SoupySales

      The story has already been out for a couple of days (or, however long she’s been gone), so too late ! It’s been on The Drudge Report for a couple days.

    • erv

      they have now recieved the memo. Malia has been erased from the article. Comments will be next.

  • Don Murphy (@vidiir)

    hm, right on cue.

  • Darla

    Mexico starting to feel the wrath of GOD for all their citizens living here on our dime!!!!

  • Bucky Boy

    It’s Bush’s fault!

    • Spanky Spankster

      Or the tea party.

      Or Reagan.

      Or Millard Fillmore.

  • bob

    As long as I can get tacos, i’m good, thxu.

  • erv

    They have now recieved the memeo. Malia has been erased from the articles. The comments are next to go.

  • Todd

    Who sends a 13 year old to Mexico with the parents staying home…. Biden is an idiot

    • Spanky Spankster

      “Who sends a 13 year old to Mexico with the parents staying home”

      Someone who is wooing legal Hispanic voters…

      • Marlene Klim

        Maybe a dud that knows he has about 7 months left til he GETS FIRED. After that, he’ll have to take the kid himself.

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  • Todd


    • who's the idiot

      Why? No one else’s kids are off limits it. It’s called FREE SPEECH and it’s NOT just for the left.

    • Sando

      Why, you want her for yourself?
      You big child molester

  • Sarasota Pete

    Isn’t Sahsa the one on vacation?

    • Pooky

      I don’t know. They all look the same to me.

  • Stephen

    I didn’t know they were tracking in Acapulco.

    • Stephen

      Should say “fracking” – dam autocorrect

      • Syd

        T9 socks!

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  • The Cryptojournalist

    Since when do 13-year-olds go on spring break? Strange.

    • Lorenzo

      Strange? Not if you aren’t paying for it? I’m only surprised she only took 11 friends with her and not the entire families of every Democrat super-pac contributor and cash bundler.

    • Jeffry Imelted

      Contraception available in Mexico for free?
      ……it is an evil Catholic dominated country……I’m just sayin ;)

  • Syd

    Solar Activity people. It was Mr. Sun. Take a look at nooa DOT gov Solar Wind Prediction

  • John

    OK Let’s think about this. The President’s daughter goes to Mexico with 25 Secret Service agents and her friends. Something goes wrong, who are the Secret Service going to protect? What were the other kids’ parents thinking? I expect stupidity from the Annointed One….

  • suzanne

    I resent these blood suckers in the White House always spending somebody else’s money and living like kings. That is what they are used to their whole life long and at the same time spitting at this land and the very people that have given the everything.

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