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Tuesday
Mar202012

Earthquake Rattles Southern Mexico 

Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images(MEXICO CITY) -- A 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday afternoon, centered between Acapulco and Oaxaca, with no reported injuries. The quake's epicenter was about 115 miles east of Acapulco and 10 miles underground.

Workers at two hotels in Oaxaca said they noticed a few seconds of shaking but no real damage or injuries. "Yes, we felt the shaking for 15 to 20 seconds, but no damage," a woman at the front desk of the Hotel Marina in Huatulco told ABC News.

Despite the lack of building collapses or serious damage, hundreds of panicked people took to the streets, fearing the effects of possible aftershocks. No deaths or injuries have been reported.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon tweeted that no serious damage had been reported and that the epicenter was in the municipality of Ometepec, in the state of Guerrero.

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Calderon also tweeted that "all of the power generation facilities are unaffected and functioning." He said officials have taken care of the few service disruptions.

He added that there were "only scenes of panic and building evacuations, at the moment."

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Sunday
Jan092011

Mexican Drug Violence Reaches Unimaginable Proportion

Photo Courtesy - STR/AFP/Getty Images(MEXICO CITY) -- The bodies of some two dozen people were found, most of them decapitated and many bearing notes, in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco on Saturday.  Some of the notes identified the dead as extortionists and claimed responsibilities for the killings on behalf of the Sinaloa drug cartel.

The Los Angeles Times reports most of the bodies were found away from the city's central market area, which rival gangs are fighting to control.

The Sinaloa cartel may be trying to move in on the territory of its rival, the Beltran Leyva gang, which appears weakened by the recent deaths and captures of some of its leaders.  The Times says the Leyva operation has been the top drug operation in Acapulco but may now be struggling, making the area ripe for takeover.  Nationwide, the Times says the Sinaloa cartel is the strongest in Mexico.

Officials say all of the victims were men under the age of 30.

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