Mexico City residents stand outside their homes following an earthquake (news - web sites) in Mexico City Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003. The national seismological service calculated the quake's magnitude at 7.6 and said struck on the coast of Colima, a small st
MEXICO CITY ‚ÄĒ A powerful earthquake shook Mexico City and the country's Pacific coast late Tuesday, sending panicked residents spilling into capital streets and knocking out power to large swaths of the city.
The national seismological service said the 7.6-magnitude quake struck at 8:07 p.m. on the coast of Colima, a small state which includes the port city of Manzanillo, about 300 miles west of Mexico City.
The U.S. Geological Survey calculated the strength of the quake at magnitude 7.3.
"There are general reports of damage from the states of Colima, Michoacan and Jalisco," Survey spokesman Butch Kinerney said. "Because of the size of the earthquake and its shallow depth, USGA is expecting substantial damage."