MEXICO CITY – A magnitude-5.7 earthquake sparked alarm Monday in the Mexican capital, where residents were already jittery over a swine-flu outbreak blamed for 149 deaths nationwide.
The temblor was felt here at 11:48 a.m. (1648 GMT), just as Mexican Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova was holding a press conference to share the latest information on the outbreak.
A source in the Mexico City municipal government told Efe that authorities had received no reports of casualties or damage in the capital.
Even so, panic over the quake sent people pouring out of buildings onto streets that were less crowded than usual due to school closings and other measures intended to thwart the spread of the flu.
The quake’s epicenter was located off the Pacific coast of the southern state of Guerrero, an official with the National Seismological Service told Efe.
The temblor caused a brief shutdown at the capital’s international airport, but operations resumed after terminal managers confirmed that the runways were undamaged. EFE