MEXICO CITY -- Officials in Mexico were still assessing the damage
after a powerful earthquake rocked Central and Western Mexico on
Jan. 21, killing more than two dozen people and injuring hundreds
The earthquake was at least 7.6 in magnitude and struck the
agricultural state of Colima on the Pacific Coast the hardest.
The quake was centered about 30 miles east-southeast of the city
of Manzanillo, where power was knocked out but damage was reported
to be light. More than 300 miles away in the nation's capital,
Mexico City, buildings swayed but damage was minimal.
The quake was also felt in Guadalajara, Mexico's second largest
city, in the nearby state of Jalisco.
Lupita Rios, a spokeswoman for the Presidente InterContinental
Hotel in Guadalajara, said hotel employees and guests were alarmed,
but there were no signs of damage to the city's tourism
"We want everyone to know that Guadalajara is normal," Rios