A powerful earthquake struck southwestern Mexico near the beach resort of Acapulco on Tuesday night, killing at least one man.
The 7.1 magnitude quake, which hit 11 miles northeast of Acapulco in Guerrero state, shook the hillsides around the city, downing trees and pitching large boulders onto roads.
A powerful earthquake struck southwestern Mexico near the beach resort of #Acapulco on Tuesday night, causing rock falls and damaging buildings, though there were no immediate reports of casualties. M7.0 #earthquake (#Sismo) strikes 18 km NE of Acapulco de Juárez (#Mexico) pic.twitter.com/f8LisWFmfx
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State governor Hector Astudillo told local television that the man was killed by a falling post. In addition, Astudillo and other authorities had earlier affirmed that there were no reports of major damage from the quake, which caused power outages in several states.
Triboluminescence on the sky in Mexico City during the recent #earthquake #sismo. The scientific explanation is that some matter may generate light after being rubbed or crushed. https://t.co/DrdHseoh1A
— RODRIGO CERVANTES (@RODCERVANTES) September 8, 2021
On his part, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the temblor had not caused major damages in Guerrero, the neighboring region of Oaxaca, Mexico City and elsewhere.
Acapulco is roughly 230 miles (375 km) from Mexico City.
#Mexico City's skyline, showing the Earthquake Lights phenomenon from a 7.1 quake with an epicenter in Acapulco that was felt in many parts of the country. Curious sidenote: people were making memes wondering if this September would bring any earthquakes. It did.#Sismo #Temblor pic.twitter.com/2py9610bUF
— Antonio Video (@AntonioVideoTJ) September 8, 2021
In the central Roma Sur neighborhood of Mexico City, lights went off and scared residents rushed out, some wearing little more than pajamas, 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.