Acapulco, Mexico — A 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday near the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, leaving at least one person dead and shaking buildings in the capital almost 250 miles away. According to the National Seismological Service, it was located seven miles southwest of Acapulco (Gerero state), where it struck.
A man died after a utility pole fell onto him in Coyuca de Benitez. Guerrero state governor Hector Astudillo reported to Milenio TV.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Ombrador stated in a video that no significant damage had been reported.
” The epicenter was located in Acapulco (Gerero). He said that there was no significant damage to the state. According to an AFP correspondent,
Utility Poles and other debris fell upon a variety of vehicles in Acapulco. Also, the façade of a church was damaged.
Tourists fled their hotels after dozens of earthquakes rattled their nerves.
“A tourist from Mexico City fled in a towel while taking a shower.
“I came with my mom and we’re on the 11th floor of the hotel,” he said, hugging his 86-year-old mother, who was crying.
Acapulco Mayor Adela Rome said the earthquake caused “nervous breakdowns” in the area.
” People are concerned because of the aftershocks. She said “a lot” of gas leaks had been found in residential areas.
Authorities in Acapulco opened sports centers for people to sleep in if they were afraid to go home.
A church was opened in Chilpancingo to provide shelter for families who had been evacuated from homes that sustained structural damage.
The earthquake felt strong in Mexico City and caused tourists and residents to rush into hotels and homes.
” I’m extremely scared. It’s not clear if I will sleep tonight. My daughter is my concern. I woke her up to take her outside and I didn’t even put my shoes on,” said 49-year-old resident Laura Villa.
The Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum stated on Twitter that there were no reports of any serious damage to the capital.
Several areas were without electricity and the board of electric utilities was trying to get it restored as quickly as possible.
Flashes of light were seen in the sky above the capital during the earthquake, which hit at a time when Mexico is facing a third wave of Covid-19 infections as well as severe flooding in some areas. Mexico, bordered by both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, is the country with the highest seismic activity in the world. It sits atop five major tectonic plates.
On September 19, 1985 a 8.1 magnitude quake in Mexico City killed more than 10,000 people and destroyed hundreds of buildings.
A 7.1 earthquake struck the capital on the anniversary of the 2017, earthquake. It left approximately 370 persons dead.