A strong 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck 170 miles (273 kilometers) southwest of Mexico City at about 9:30 a.m. (10:30 a.m. EDT; 1430 GMT) on Friday shaking central and southern Mexico .
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was centered 22 miles (36 kilometers) northwest of the town of Tecpan de Galeana, and was 15 miles (24 kilometers) deep.
There were reports of cracked walls, fallen fences and walls, fallen trees, broken windows and a power outage but there were no reports of major damage or casualties.
USGS seismologist Gavin Hayes said that the earthquake occurred along a section of the Pacific Coast known as the Guerrero Seismic Gap, a 125-mile (200-kilometer) section where tectonic plates meet and have been locked, meaning huge amounts of energy are being stored up with potentially devastating effects.
A 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck Guatemala on Wednesday at around 10:35 a.m. local time (11:35 EDT), killing at least 48 people.
At least 23 people are still missing.
The strong earthquake damaged buildings, cars and roads.
The quake struck off Guatemala’s Pacific coast, 15 miles south of Champerico and 101 miles west-southwest of the capital”, said the US Geological Survey.
According to the USGS, the epicenter was 26 miles below the surface.
Most of the dead were buried under debris in San Marcos state, a mountainous region near the Mexican border.
Landslides that blocked the roads in some areas and severely damaged about 40 houses.
San Marcos state governor Luis Rivera said that the state government offices were almost completely destroyed.
In Guatemala City, office workers evacuated office buildings, although most soon returned to work.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said a small tsunami was registered on Guatemala’s coast, adding that there was a risk of localized damage within a 62 mile radius.
The quake was also felt in El Salvador and more than 765 miles away in Mexico City.
This is a disaster!
Swine flu outbreak started in Mexico.
In Mexico more than 81 people died and more than 100 people were sickened by the flu.
All schools are closed in Mexico City and some other places in Mexico.
In the US at least 11 people had swine flu so far.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) fear that more people will get the flu and cause a pandemic around the world.
Swine flu pandemic can kill millions of people.
A pandemic is a disaster.
The virus that causes the flu is a mix of human, pig and bird viruses.
Some signs of swine flu are high fever, body aches, coughing, sore throat, vomiting and diarrhoea.
We can try to avoid swine flu by :
Avoid being in crowded places for example shopping malls and zoos.
Wash your hands carefully using anti-bacteria soap.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth because this is how germs get into our body.
Cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing.
Wear a mask to cover your nose and mouth.
Take vitamin C and garlic to fight germs.
Take lots of water, fruit juice, tea and herb tea.
CNN) — Mexican officials are asking citizens to avoid large crowds, refrain from kissing as a greeting and maintain a distance of at least 1.8 meters (six feet) from each other amid growing concern in the country and elsewhere over new cases of suspected and confirmed swine flu infection.
Several countries issued travel notices and tightened restrictions to brace against the virus the World Health Organization is calling “a public health emergency of international concern.”
By Sunday, 81 deaths had been deemed “likely linked” to a deadly new strain of the virus by health authorities in Mexico. Viral testing has confirmed 20 cases, said Dr. Jose A. Cordova Villalobos, Mexico’s health secretary. In the United States, the number of confirmed swine flu cases stood at 11.
In New Zealand, officials said 22 students and three teachers, who returned from a three-week-long language trip to Mexico, may have been infected with the virus.
The 25 students and teachers at Auckland’s Rangitoto College returned to New Zealand via Los Angeles on Saturday.
Fourteen have shown flu-like symptoms, with four “more unwell than others,” said Dr. Julia Peters, clinical director of Auckland Regional Public Health Service.
Health Minister Tony Ryall said 10 students tested positive for influenza A. The specimens will be sent to WHO to determine whether it is H1N1 swine influenza. H1N1 influenza is a subset of influenza A.
The WHO results are expected back by midweek. The group remains quarantined at home.