7.0-magnitude quake rocks Mexico near Acapulco – USGS

A strong 7.0-magnitude tremor has struck Mexico’s Pacific coast, the United States Geological Survey has reported. The quake was felt in Acapulco as well as Mexico City and has reportedly caused some damage.

The quake hit some 20.9 km (13 mi) north-east of Acapulco, Mexico’s largest beach resort and a major seaport on the Pacific coast. 

The USGS initially reported the tremor’s magnitude as 7.4 , but later downgraded it to 7.0. 

Civil Protection Authorities in the Guerrero state, which has borne the brunt of the impact from the quake, have urged the residents to stay calm. 

There have been reports that tremors were also felt in Mexico City, causing buildings to sway and residents to rush out of their homes in panic.

Footage has emerged online showing terrified residents huddling in the streets as lightning flashes illuminate the night sky.

While the USGS estimated that “significant casualties and damage” were likely, Mexico City authorities said that the quake did not appear to cause any major destruction. Omar Garcia Harfuch, head of public security, reported that the quake knocked out power in several neighborhoods, but that no “relevant damages” have been inflicted on the Mexican capital.


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