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7.0 Earthquake Hits Mexico Resort Town

One person reportedly killed near Acapulco
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 8, 2021 12:19 AM CDT
7.0 Earthquake Hits Acapulco
A man walks in from of a convenience store on a street covered with debris after a strong earthquake, in Acapulco, Mexico, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021.   (AP Photo/ Bernardino Hernandez)

(Newser) – A powerful earthquake struck near the Pacific resort city of Acapulco on Tuesday night, killing at least one person and causing buildings to rock and sway in Mexico City hundreds of miles away. The US Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 and was centered about 10 miles northeast of Acapulco, the AP reports. Guerrero state Gov. Hector Astudillo told Milenio Television late Tuesday night that one person had been killed by a falling post in the town of Coyuca de Benitez near Acapulco.

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Astudillo said the tsunami alert center had not registered any variations in the sea level. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center later said the threat of potential waves had passed. The mayor of Acapulco, Adela Román, said in a statement to the television news outlet Milenio that “there is no really serious situation” so far. “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. No other victims or serious damage has yet been reported.

“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.” Flores said all he could do when it started shaking was hug his wife. He saw people leaving hotels around the bay and some running into parking decks to remove their cars, fearing a collapse. Electricity was also knocked out in some Mexico City neighborhoods.

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