Reporter in Mexico describes earthquake

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by ANGELA KOCHERGA / KVUE News

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Posted on March 22, 2012 at 3:58 PM

MEXICO CITY -- I fell to the floor Tuesday afternoon as a powerful earthquake rocked Mexico's capital.

The building swayed and a painting on the wall moved back and forth like a pendulum. A bookcase toppled and theere was shattered glass everywhere in the sixth floor apartment.

The 7.4-magnitude tremor was so powerful, a wall cracked from floor to ceiling.

Electrical power was cut.

And sirens blared a warning to the citizens of Mexico City.

We walked down six flights of stairs to join panicked residents standing outside, waiting for the next inevitable aftershock.

Many feared the worst as they remembered the 8.0-magnitude quake that struck Mexico City in 1985, killing at least 10,000 people.

You could see the panic and uncertainty in their faces.

The ground would shake nine more times before sunset, but this time, Mexico City escaped serious injuries or major damage.

E-mail akocherga@belo.com

 

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