An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 on the Richter scale with an epicenter in the tourist city of Acapulco, Guerrero, shook central and southern Mexico this Tuesday night causing little damage and leaving at least two dead, according to the Seismological Service. National.
In Acapulco, damage was reported to electrical wiring, telephone lines and several fences that fell. Despite the intensity of the earthquake, the damage was limited, authorities said.
The governor of the southern state of Guerrero, Héctor Astudillo, reported Wednesday morning that a person, identified as Heliodoro Hurtado, 19, passed away due to the fall of a light pole in the municipality of Coyuca de Benítez as a result of the earthquake, without any significant damage or more victims having been reported for now.
On Thursday afternoon, the state president reported the death of a woman who had been injured during the earthquake, identified as Concepción, 60, who had fallen on top of a collapsed fence.
“The report I have is that the woman died of cardiac arrest and I think it was as a result of the shock she suffered during the earthquake,” Astudillo said in an interview, according to the newspaper Reforma.
“We heard loud noises in the building, noise from the windows, things that fell into the house, the power went out,” said Sergio Flores, a resident of Acapulco contacted by phone by the news agency The Associated Press On tuesday night. “We heard water leaks, the water came out of the pool and people were heard shouting, very nervous people,” he added.
In Mexico City, where the seismic alarm was activated seconds before the earthquake, authorities have reported no significant damage, although parts of the city lost power.
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Residents across the city took to the streets as a precaution in light rain Tuesday night, carrying babies, children and pets.
The Mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, reported that at least three helicopters were flying over city halls in search of structural damage, without any reported so far.
The United States Geological Survey had issued a tsunami alert for the Mexican Pacific coast after the shaking. But the Mexican authorities later reported that the threat had dissipated and that there would only be waves less than one meter high, so they called for extreme precautions on the coasts of Oaxaca and Guerrero.
The earthquake occurred at 8:47 pm (local time), with the epicenter 6.8 miles (11 kilometers) southwest of Acapulco, in the southern state of Guerrero, said the National Seismological Service, which in a preliminary report had reported that the earthquake was of magnitude 6.9.
Guerrero authorities reported that the movement was strongest in the Costa Grande, Costa Chica, the center and north of the state, as well as in Acapulco, where 9 miles (14 kilometers) to the southeast was the epicenter.
“So far, power outages, telephone service failures and pictures of nervous breakdowns have been reported”, said Civil Protection of Guerrero in a tweet on Tuesday night.
More than 300 miles (482 kilometers) away, in the State of Mexico, Governor Alfredo del Mazo activated the emergency protocols after the earthquake was also strongly felt there.
The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, reported that there had been falls from fences and stones and the states of Guerrero and Morelos. The president confirmed that there was a fatality, after receiving reports from General Cresencio Sandoval and the governors of Oaxaca, Puebla, Morelos, Guerrero and the head of government of Mexico City.
The earthquake triggered the seismic alert in Mexico City, where thousands of people left houses and buildings as a safety and prevention measure, and where electricity cuts have occurred in several neighborhoods.
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“The Secretary of Citizen Security (Omar García Harfuch) is flying over (the city). So far no serious damage has been reported. We continue to report,” said the Head of Government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, in a message on Twitter .
Civil Protection of Mexico indicated that in the State of Mexico and Oaxaca the seismic alert and the protocols for review and assistance to the population were activated.
At 11:00 pm (local time), more than 90 aftershocks had been registered, the strongest of them of magnitude 5.2, according to the National Seismological Survey.
The earthquake occurred just four years after the 8.2 earthquake located in the Gulf of Tehuantepec, the largest in almost 100 years, in which almost 100 people died, and a few days after the anniversary of the earthquake of September 19, 2017, with its epicenter in Puebla, in which at least 370 people lost their lives and hundreds more were injured. Another September 19, but 1985, a strong earthquake of magnitude 8.1 with an epicenter in Michoacán devastated Mexico City and left an official death toll of almost 4,000.