Mexico shaken by major earthquake that has left one dead

Sept 8, 2021: A magnitude 7.1 earthquake shook Mexico on Tuesday near the Pacific city of Acapulco, killing at least one person and shaking buildings hundreds of kilometers from the capital.

The epicenter was reported 11 kilometers (seven miles) southeast of Acapulco in Guerrero State, according to the National Seismological Service.

Guerrero Governor Hector Ostodello told Millennial TV that a man was killed when a utility pole fell on him in the nearby town of Cuoca de Benitez.

But President Anders Manuel Lopez Obrador said in a video message that there were no reports of significant damage. “The center was registered in Acapulco, Guerrero. Fortunately, there is no damage in this state, no major damage,” he said.

According to an AFP correspondent, utility poles and other debris fell on several vehicles in Acapulco and the church facade collapsed. Tourists evacuated hotels because of dozens of aftershocks, including at least eight of magnitude at nerve-wracking four or more.

Acapulco Mayor Adela Roman said the quake caused a “nervous breakdown” in the city. “People are upset because there are aftershocks.” Excessive gas leaks have been detected in residential areas,” she said.

Authorities in Acapulco have opened sports centers for people who are afraid to go home. The Guerrero Civil Defense Service said a church in the town of Chelpinsangu sheltered families who had been evicted from their homes and suffered structural damage.

Severe tremors were felt in parts of Mexico City, forcing residents and tourists to flee their homes and hotels.

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said on Twitter that there were no immediate reports of serious damage in the capital. She added that many neighborhoods have been left without electricity and the power board is working to restore it as soon as possible.

The epicenter was reported below the capital, however; no tsunami alert was issued. The epicenter was reported below the ground, however; no tsunami alert was issued.

Adjacent to the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, Mexico is one of the most seismically active places in the world, perched on five tectonic plates, three of which are large.

A magnitude 8.1 earthquake shook Mexico City on September 19, 1985, killing more than 10,000 people and destroying hundreds of buildings.

On the anniversary of that same earthquake in 2017, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake killed at least 370 people, mainly in the capital.

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