Friday, August 11, 2006

Earthquake rocks Mexico City

A moderate earthquake Friday sent residents fleeubg into the streets for safety as skyscrapers swayed, but no injuries or damage have been reported so far.

The U.S. Geological Service estimated the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 and struck in Michoacan, 125 miles southwest of the capital.

The quake was too weak and far from the sea to cause a tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

Construction workers watch the building they just evacuated after an earthquake in downtown Mexico City, Mexico, Friday, Aug. 11, 2006. A strong earthquake rocked Mexico City on Friday, causing skyscrapers to sway and frightening residents. Emergency officials said no major damage or injuries were immediately reported. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Construction workers watch the building they just evacuated after an earthquake in downtown Mexico City, Mexico, Friday, Aug. 11, 2006. AP Photo/Gregory Bull photo via Yahoo News.

Super typhoon kill 104, 50,000 homes wrecked

Typhoon Saomai, the strongest cyclone to hit China in 50 years cauaed widespread damage before weakening to a tropical depression Friday.

Saomai packed wind of up to 170 mph sending 1.6 million people from their homes. In hard-hit Wenzhou 18,000 homes were destroyed.

Much of the region struck by Saomai was still recovering from Tropical Strom Bilis that caused major damage last month.

Chinese firefighters rescue a man from a collapsed two-storey building in Wenzhou, in east China's Zhejiang province Friday Aug. 11, 2006. The building collapsed on Thursday after being hit by Typhoon Saomai, leaving 43 people dead including 8 children. China's death toll from Typhoon Saomai rose to at least 100 on Friday, with another 190 missing, as the most powerful storm to strike the country in five decades weakened into a tropical depression. (AP Photo /EyePress)
Chinese firefighters rescue a man from a collapsed building in Wenzhou, in east China's Zhejiang province Friday Aug. 11, 2006. The building collapsed Thursday as super Typhoon Saomai struck the area, leaving 43 people dead including 8 children. China's death toll from Typhoon Saomai rose to at least 100 on Friday, with another 190 missing. AP Photo /EyePress via Yahoo News.


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