Malia Obama ‘Safe’ After Mexican Earthquake

Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012 04:29 PM

By Martin Gould

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President Barack Obama’s 13-year-old daughter Malia was unhurt when she got caught up in a strong earthquake in Mexico where she is vacationing on Tuesday, the Washington Post reports.

The president’s older child “is safe and was never in danger,” said the First Lady’s communications director Kristina Schake.

Malia is on vacation in Oaxaca in southwestern Mexico with a school group. Reports that she was on vacation there “with 12 friends and 25 Secret Service agents” first surfaced on the web on Monday but were quickly taken down after the White House objected saying the whereabouts of the Obamas’ two daughters should not be reported unless there was “vital news interest.”

The Post said the White House was only commenting now because of the 7.6 magnitude quake, which the U.S. Geological Survey said was felt strongly in Oaxaca.

The earthquake’s epicenter was located in Ometepec near Acapulco, 210 miles from Oaxaca. It was felt as far away as Mexico City. There are no reports of fatalities.



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