On Tuesday night, a powerful earthquake struck southwestern Mexico near the beach resort of Acapulco, causing rock falls and damage to buildings. But there were no immediate reports of casualties, Reuters reports.
Buildings shook in Mexico City on Tuesday night, sending people running into the street as a powerful earthquake struck southwest of the country.
Massive earthquake rocks Acapulco, Mexico
The earthquake off Acapulco has struck the southwest region of Mexico and triggered a potential tsunami along the shoreline.
“We heard loud noise from the building, noise from the windows, things fell inside the house, the power went out,” said Sergio Flores, an Acapulco resident reached by phone. “We heard leaking water, the water went out of the pool and you heard people screaming, very nervous people,” The Associated Press reports.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported a 7.0 magnitude earthquake 11 miles northeast of Acapulco, Guerrero.
The quake shook the hillsides surrounding Acapulco, uprooting trees and tossing large boulders onto the road.
The mayor of Acapulco, Adela Román, said in statement to the television news outlet Milenio that “there is no really serious situation” so far and no reports of casualties.
“There are nervous breakdowns, people are worried because there have been aftershocks,” she said, adding that there are “many gas leaks in many places” as well as some landslides and fallen walls.
Hector Astudillo, the governor of Guerrero state, which includes Acapulco, also stated that there were no reports of serious damage at this time.
Acapulco is approximately 230 miles (375 kilometers) from Mexico City.
Buildings sway in Mexico City
In Mexico City, the ground shook for nearly a minute in some parts of the capital, but was less evident in other parts. Some people evacuated their buildings briefly, but most quickly went back inside on a rainy night.
Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum also stated that there had been no immediate reports of significant damage in the capital.
According to a Reuters witness, lights went out in Mexico City’s Roma Sur neighborhood, and terrified residents rushed out, some wearing nothing more than their pajamas. Residents huddled in the rain, holding small children or pets, unable to return to their homes in the dark.
“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.
According to the USGS, the quake, which was initially measured at a magnitude of 7.4, was very shallow, measuring only 7.8 miles (12.5 kilometers) below the surface, which would have amplified the shaking effect.
At least one killed after Acapulco earthquake
The lone fatality reported was a 19-year-old man named Eliodoro Hurtado, who died in the Mexican state of Guerrero.
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 in a statement. CFE said it was working to restore power to the impacted regions.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said there was no “significant damage” in Guerrero state, where Tuesday’s epicenter is located.While serious damage has not yet been reported from the epicenter, Lopez Obrador said authorities did receive reports of falling rocks.