Malia Obama Safe in Mexico After 7.6 Magnitude Quake

03/20/2012 at 08:25 PM EDT

Mexico Earthquake - Malia Obama Is Safe
Barack and Malia Obama
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President Obama's daughter Malia is just fine even though she was in Mexico on Tuesday when a 7.6 magnitude earthquake hit.

"In light of today's earthquake, we can confirm that Malia Obama is safe and was never in danger," the First Lady's communications director Kristina Schake wrote in a statement Tuesday.

The quake, which initially hit Oaxaca in southwestern Mexico, sent aftershocks through Mexico City.

Malia, 13, is on vacation in Oaxaca as part of a school-sponsored service project, reports the Associated Press.

With the exception of this instance because it involves the safety of the president's daughter, the White House does not comment on the Obama children and generally requests that media not report on or photograph the girls when they are not with their parents.
Dahvi Shira

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