Mexico officials assess quake damage

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 more.

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 infrastructure.

"We want everyone to know that Guadalajara is normal," Rios said.

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