- At least one death is reported after the strong 7.1 magnitude earthquake that shook central and southern Mexico
- In Mexico City, panic seized the inhabitants, who were forced to evacuate buildings and homes
- In Oaxaca, the earthquake caused power outages and affected the telephone network
Four years after the 2017 earthquake, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake once again shook southern and central Mexico, including the country’s capital, with a preliminary report of at least one person dead, although no major damage has been reported, except for the fall of fences and rocks and scenes of panic among people who evacuated houses and buildings.
The United States Geological Survey noted that the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.1 and had its epicenter near the port of Acapulco, in the state of Guerrero, more than 370 kilometers from the south of Mexico City.
Earthquake in Mexico leaves at least one deceased
The governor of Guerrero, Héctor Astudillo, said in Milenio Televisión that they reported the death of a person after a pole fell on him in a town in the municipality of Coyuca de Benítez, near Acapulco.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador reported shortly before in a message released through Twitter that after contacting the authorities of four states in which the earthquake was felt, including Guerrero and the capital of the country, they informed him that there were no victims no serious damage.
Slight damage has been recorded
The mayor of Acapulco, Adela Román, said on Milenio television that there were “nervous breakdowns, people are worried because there have been aftershocks,” and that they had reports of some landslides, reported The Associated Press.
The mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, reported in a tweet that the authorities were flying over the capital, but that there were no reports of damage, while the local Secretary of Public Security, Omar Garcia Harfuch, said in the same social network that some colonies had run out of power.
Devastating earthquakes in September
On September 7, 2017, a movement of magnitude 8.2 occurred that hit the south of the country and destroyed a large part of the community of Juchitán, in the state of Oaxaca, and left several dozen dead.
The other key date is September 19. That day in 1985, an 8.1 earthquake killed nearly 10,000 people and devastated several areas of Mexico City. That same day, but in 2017, another 7.1 magnitude left at least half a thousand dead.
“Screams were heard”
“We heard the noise from the structure, the noises from the windows, things fell inside the house, the power went out,” Sergio Flores, a resident of Acapulco, told The Associated Press by phone. “A water leak began to be heard, the water in the pool came out and shouts were heard outside, very nervous people.”
The Mexican commented that when he began to shake, all he did was hug his wife and that he saw people leaving some hotels in the bay and people taking their cars out of parking lots for fear of collapses. Mexicans associate the month of September with devastating earthquakes that have occurred in the last 35 years.
Power outages and telephone network in Oaxaca
According to the first reports issued by the delegates of the Government of Oaxaca within the state, the 7.1 earthquake that was registered on Tuesday night only registered the suspension of telephone service in the Costa region, without even the moment material damage or loss of human life is reported in this region.
After the 7.1 magnitude earthquake registered on Tuesday night with an epicenter in Acapulco, Guerrero, Governor Alejandro Murat Hinojosa instructed the State Coordination of Civil Protection of Oaxaca (CEPCO) and the Oaxaca Public Security Secretariat (SSPO) to start with Damage verification protocols and assistance to the population if required.
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