Saturday, September 25

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake shakes central and southern Mexico

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake with an epicenter very close to the Acapulco resort has shaken central and southern Mexico on Tuesday. The governor of the southern state of Guerrero has reported the death of a person due to the fall of a light pole in the municipality of Coyuca de Benítez

The earthquake occurred at 8:47 p.m. local time (01:47 GMT), originating 11 kilometers southwest of Acapulco, in the southern state of Guerrero, indicated the National Seismological Service, which in a preliminary report had given a magnitude of 6.9 .

Speaking to Milenio TV, the governor of Guerrero, Héctor Astudillo, affirmed that the earthquake “felt very strong” and people are “quite alarmed.”

But he indicated that at the moment there are no “serious” reports and asked citizens to be “careful” for possible aftershocks. Likewise, the Tsunami Warning Center of the Secretary of the Navy reported that the generation of a tsunami is not expected in the coastal area.

Mexico City on alert

The earthquake activated the seismic alert in Mexico City, where thousands of people left houses and buildings as a security and prevention measure, and where electricity cuts have occurred in several neighborhoods.

“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 .

Later, García Harfuch reported that there are power cuts in some neighborhoods of the city and the subway service is working normally and, for the moment, there are no more relevant reports.

Tonight’s earthquake occurred on the same date four years ago – September 7, 2017 – an 8.2 magnitude earthquake was registered which had its epicenter in the Gulf of Tehuantepec and mainly affected the states of Oaxaca. and Chiapas, where 98 people lost their lives.

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