No Filipino casualty in Mexico quake

April 5, 2010 10:33 pm 

MANILA, April 5 — There appears to be no Filipino casualty in the 7.2–magnitude quake that hit Tijuana in Mexico very early Monday morning (Manila time), possibly because not many of the 300-plus Filipinos known to reside in Mexico live near the area.

Nevertheless, the Philippine embassy in Mexico and the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles in California are checking on Filipino communities in the region, following instructions from Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alberto Romulo.

Consular officials said initial reports indicate that the quake had caused two deaths and injured about a hundred.

DFA said 308 Filipinos are reportedly in Mexico, who live mostly in the capital city of Mexico. Not many reside in the border regions with the U.S.

Some 943,000 live in South California and nearby areas covered by the consulate in Los Angeles. (PNA)

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