Magnitude 7.0 earthquake strikes Mexico

A strong earthquake hit southwestern Mexico local time on Tuesday evening. Many buildings were severely damaged, but no injuries were reported so far.

According to the USGS agency, the earthquake measured 7.0 on the Richter scale. The Mexican Seismological Service SSN reports a magnitude of 7.1. The epicenter is said to be 11 kilometers southwest of the resort of Acapulco, according to SSN.

There, trees fell and large boulders crashed into the roads. Hector Astudillo, the governor of Guerrero state, which includes Acapulco, said there were currently no reports of major damage.

Mexico City

Acapulco is located about 375 km from the Mexican capital, Mexico City. Mayor Claudia Shenbau said there were no immediate reports of major damage there.

In the Roma Sur neighborhood in Mexico City, the electricity went out and residents ran in fear. A witness told the news agency that some of them were wearing little more than pajamas Reuters.

The earthquake was very shallow, only 12.5 kilometers from the surface, which added to the effect of the shaking.

The last major earthquake in Mexico, with a magnitude of 7.1 on the Richter scale, occurred on September 19, 2017. The disaster claimed 369 lives.

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