Earthquake in Mexico; Obama Daughter Safe

Quake's epicenter lies outside American tourist destination of Acapulco.
2:59 | 03/20/12

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Massive earthquake just hours ago in Mexico and here is the moment it struck in Mexico City frightened workers riding out the quake. As the building is rocking one -- that we didn't know whether to run. Or fall on the floor. And out on the streets mothers comforted their children to with quake passed it seemed forever -- the highway bridge was no match for the quake. A car was pulverized. The epicenter of the quake was 115. Miles outside the beach result of the resort of Acapulco and thousands of American travelers are in the quake zone there. One of them the president's oldest daughter Malia and the White House weighed in on that today as ABC's David Wright tells us about the moment of them. -- The powerful seven point four quake struck at noon local time. Violent shaking motion people felt all the way to Mexico City. ABC's Hosni Cohen is there -- -- acted like in this building people do not want to go back. Into that -- in place because that's being -- -- rapidly south and people are afraid. Several bridges collapse there once front was crushed but so far there have been no reports of death. -- yeah. Many people captivity -- seemed on their camera phones. Quickly posting the images to YouTube the epicenter of the quake was in -- Guerrero State midway between Oaxaca and Acapulco. Two of the most popular spring break destinations for young Americans. President Obama -- daughter Malia is in Oaxaca on a school trip. Late today the White House released a statement saying she's sick. And popular governor says 500 homes collapsed in -- -- As mileage -- say the quake struck at a shallow depth. Which tends to make the shaking even more intense. In the capital miles away from the epicenter lawmakers -- evacuated the chamber of deputies Mexico's parliament. Panicked office workers rushed into the streets too scared to stay inside but it is going to hit that. I was on the 27 -- one woman I felt a sudden drop and then everything started for him. Mexico straddles one of the most active thrust fault lines in the Western Hemisphere the big one in 1985. Killed more than a 100000. People. And David what about all those fault lines running under California. Any additional seismic activity today. Well Mexico's fault lines are linked to California so it is natural to worry but have a look at the US Geological Survey maps. In the past hour we've had one small quake may be -- -- now. Over the past 24 hours a dozen or so too small most of them for anyone to feel over the past week. More than 300. Small earthquakes this is earthquake country after all. But the -- biologist we spoke with today said this one in Mexico was too far away to have an impact here in California. Let's -- the right.

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