Mexico City Earthquake Causes Citizens to Run into the Streets and Tweet

By: Heather Campobello - March 20, 2012

A mega long 7.9 earthquake with an epicenter in Guerrero state shook central southern Mexico on Tuesday, swaying buildings in Mexico City and sending frightened workers and residents into the streets.

The U.S. Geological Survey set the intensity at 7.9 on the Richter scale. Mexico’s National Seismological Survey said the temblor had an epicenter southwest of Ometepec.

The quake struck at 12:02 p.m. in Mexico City (11:02 a.m. Pacific time). It was six miles underground.

Also, shortly after 11 a.m., USGS issued earthquake reports for 3.8-magnitude quakes on either side of the Coachella Valley, but those were quickly deleted.

The world’s largest mobile earthquake simulator made a stop at the KPSP Local 2 News studios and simulated an 8.0 earthquake within the shaker.

After watching this YouTube video it easy to understand why the people of Mexico City decided to run into the streets.

The quake led to a flurry of posts on Twitter:

Everything is fine here in Mexico City. We’re fine. #Earthquake.(image) 2 minutes ago via UberSocial for BlackBerry ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

everything is ok in Mexico city?, The Earthquake was so hard 7.9!!(image) 3 minutes ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

@steveaoki: Just landed in mexico city and experienced an earthquake in the terminal. That was weird #earthquakeypeople” we hit turbulence(image) 4 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

@ProducerMatthew: Mexico City earthquake early warning system triggered “just seconds before the 7.6 quake,” @RodrigoEBR reports.”(image) 54 seconds ago via TweetDeck ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Please pray for my sister and her family who live near this. RT @nytimes: Strong, Long 7.6 Quake Shakes Mexico City http://t.co/0N5hT4An(image) 2 minutes ago via TweetCaster for iOS ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

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Heather CampobelloPrior to working as a Staff Writer for WebProNews I was an English Instructor at various colleges in New York, Colorado, and Wyoming. I have a Master of Arts in English from the SUNY of New York at Buffalo and have been working in marketing, clinical research, and education for the past five years. Google:+Heather Campobello

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