The quake was so strong that it could even be felt in the capital, Mexico City, 300 kilometers away!
A major earthquake shook Mexico on Tuesday evening (local time). The US earthquake monitoring station USGS gave the strength as 7.0, Mexico’s seismological service SSN as 7.1. According to the SSN, the epicenter was eleven kilometers southwest of the resort of Acapulco (state of Guerrero) at a depth of ten kilometers; but the tremors were felt in large parts of the country.
The governor of Guerrero, Héctor Astudillo, said on Milenio television that a man died in Coyuca de Benítez when a mast fell on him.
There are many reports of damage to buildings. The mayor of Acapulco, Adela Roman, spoke of great nervousness in the city. People are afraid of aftershocks, she said. In addition, “many gas leaks” were found in residential areas as a result of the quake.
Videos in the social networks showed flashes of light in the sky, probably caused by destroyed power lines.
The Mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, announced on Twitter that there were initially no reports of serious damage. This was also announced by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in a video message.
In many parts of the capital, however, the power went out, Sheinbaum said. According to the US tsunami warning system, a tsunami was possible on Guerrero’s Pacific coast.
The entire west coast of the American double continent lies on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, which is known for its seismic activity. Violent earthquakes occur time and again in Mexico.
On September 19, 2017, a tremor (magnitude 7.1) killed 369 people, 228 of them in Mexico City – at that time the epicenter was closer to the capital. The accident occurred exactly 32 years to the day after an 8.1 magnitude earthquake that killed at least 10,000 people in Mexico City in 1985.