A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday near the Pacific
resort city of Acapulco, leaving at least one person dead and shaking buildings in
the capital several hundred miles away.
State governor Hector Astudillo told local television that a man was killed by a
falling post. He and other authorities had earlier said there were no reports of major
damage from the quake, which caused power outages in several states.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the temblor had not caused
major damages in Guerrero, the neighboring region of Oaxaca, Mexico City and
Acapulco is roughly 230 miles (375 km) from Mexico City.
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.
A massive earthquake that struck the Mexican capital in 1985 killed thousands of
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake, initially measured at a magnitude
of 7.4 and later downgraded to 7.0, was relatively shallow, only 12 miles (20 km)
below the surface, which would have amplified the shaking effect.
Mexican state power utility the Comision Federal de Electricidad said in a statement
1.6 million users had been affected by the quake in Mexico City, the adjacent State of
Mexico, and the states of Guerrero, Morelos and Oaxaca.