Missionaries Safe Following Mexico Earthquake

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (April 13, 2007) – Evangelical Covenant Church missionaries report everyone is safe with no serious damage following a magnitude six earthquake that rocked southern Mexico early today, interrupting power in parts of Mexico City where missionaries Tom and Janice Kelly live.

“We felt the earthquake – and it brought back memories of the 1985 quake,” says Janice. “As far as we know, there was no damage, and no deaths or injuries.”

The earthquake knocked out electrical power to an estimated 20 percent of homes in the city’s downtown district, but did not appear to affect areas surrounding the downtown as extensively. “There were a few spots where the lights went out for awhile, but that has been restored,” Janice reports. The Kellys live north and west of the downtown area.

The earthquake was centered in the coastal state of Guerrero, reports the Associated Press (AP), with no reports of deaths or major damage. However, tall buildings swayed, “sending frightened people into the streets in their pajamas,” the AP reports.

The news agency, quoting the U.S. Geological Survey, reported that the moderate quake, which hit at 12:42 local time, was felt strongly from the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco to the mountain capital of Mexico City because it was centered inland – 40 miles northwest of Acapulco and 18 miles below the earth’s surface.

To read the AP account as part of the CNN online news report, visit Mexico Earthquake.

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