Malia Obama "safe" after earthquake in Mexico

Malia Obama

The White House said the US President”s daughter Malia Obama is “safe and was never in danger”, after an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter Scale in Mexico, where she was on a school trip.

According to the Associated Press, the first daughter was in the south west of the country accompanied by Secret Service agents when the quake struck Acapulco.

The White House does not discuss the President”s children, but broke with the policy to announce that the 13-year-old was safe, after media reports that she was on holiday in the region.

“We would reiterate our request that the media respect the privacy and security of the Obama children and not report on or photograph the girls when they are not with their parents,” said Kristina Schake, the first lady”s communications director.

The US Geological Survey said the earthquake was felt strongly in Oaxaca.

The quake was followed by an aftershock that shook southern Mexico, swayed buildings in Mexico City and sent frightened workers and residents into the streets.