Earthquake in Mexico kills three

Dec 12, 2011, 07:53 by R.E. Christian

The death toll has risen to three in the 6.5-magnitude earthquake that shook Mexico, officials said Sunday.

The state-run news agency Notimex reported a government official in Guerrero state said one person was killed when a rock hit a vehicle and another was crushed in a house when the quake hit Saturday in western Mexico. KABC-TV, Los Angeles, reported a third death Sunday, but did not give details.

The Mexican newspaper La Prensa reported President Felipe Calderon said on his Twitter account there was "no major damage reported at the time, however the reports are preliminary."

Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard also took to Twitter confirming there was no major damage in the city but power outages have been reported, KABC-TV said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the quake that struck at 7:47 p.m. local time at a depth of 40.3 miles was 26 miles southwest of Iguala, 34 miles east-southeast of Arcelia, 38 miles north-northwest of Chilpancingo and 103 miles south-southwest of Mexico City.

The Los Angeles Times said subways, city buses and Benito Juarez International Airport were all reported operating normally.

The weather will cooperate with rescue and cleanup efforts, reported, with no rain in the forecast for the effected region.

Source: UPI