A powerful earthquake struck the southwest of Mexico late Tuesday, causing widespread shaking as distant as Mexico City and killing a minimum of one person. Us Geological Survey said the 7.0 magnitude quake struck 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) east-northeast of Los Órganos de San Agustín, about eight miles from the Pacific Coast beach resort city of Acapulco. it had been measured at an initial depth of seven .8 miles (12.6 kilometers). a minimum of 92 aftershocks was recorded, including one with a magnitude of 5.2, the Mexican State Civil Protection Secretariat said.
In Mexico City, alarms might be heard shortly before the bottom started shaking. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration initially issued a tsunami warning, but it had been later called off.
The lone fatality reported was a 19-year-old man named Eliodoro Hurtado, who died within the Mexican state of Guerrero. Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said there have been no initial reports of major damage within the capital, which is about 231 miles (372 kilometers) from the epicenter. during a post on social media, Sheinbaum said that a lot of people had lost electricity and authorities were working to revive power. The city’s metro service said during a statement that train services had been resumed following a security review.
Around 1.6 million customers were estimated to be without electricity in Mexico City and throughout four states, the country’s state-owned utility service, Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) said during a statement. CFE said it had been working to revive power to the impacted regions. Earthquakes aren’t uncommon in Mexico due to their location at the sting of the North American tectonic plate.
Two major quakes struck the country in September 2017, and on September 19, 1985, a magnitude-8.0 temblor killed an estimated 9,500 people in and around Mexico City. That quake left an enormous scar on the town, leading to changes in building codes and greater protections against earthquakes. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said there was no “significant damage” in Guerrero state, where Tuesday’s epicenter is found . While serious damage has not yet been reported from the epicenter, Lopez Obrador said authorities did receive reports of falling rocks.