First death as mag 7.0 quake hits Mexico

Shri NavaratnamAAP
VideoMagnitude 7.0 earthquake rocks Mexico

A powerful earthquake has struck southwestern Mexico near the beach resort of Acapulco, killing at least one person and causing rock falls and damaging buildings.

The 7.0 magnitude quake - which hit on Tuesday night 18 kilometres northeast of Acapulco in Guerrero state - shook the hillsides around the city, downing trees and pitching large boulders onto roads.

State governor Hector Astudillo told local television that a man was killed by a falling post. He and other authorities had earlier said there were no reports of major damage from the quake, which caused power outages in several states.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the quake had not caused major damages in Guerrero, the neighbouring region of Oaxaca, Mexico City and elsewhere.

Acapulco is roughly 375 km from Mexico City.

In the central Roma Sur neighbourhood of Mexico City, lights went off and scared residents rushed out, some wearing little more than pyjamas, a Reuters witness said.

Residents huddled together in the rain, holding young children or pets.

“It was terrible. It really reminds me of the 1985 quake every time something like this happens,” said Yesmin Rizk, a 70-year-old Roma Sur resident.

A massive earthquake that struck the Mexican capital in 1985 killed thousands of people.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake, initially measured at a magnitude of 7.4 and later downgraded to 7.0, was relatively shallow, only 20 km below the surface, which would have amplified the shaking effect.

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