One Dead From The 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake That Shook Central And Southern Mexico

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake shook 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 .

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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 Ministry of the Navy reported that the generation of a tsunami is not expected in the coastal area.

In the municipality of Coyuca de Benítez, near Acapulco, where the only deceased occurred, it was possible to see the fall of metal structures and broken glass in some establishments, in addition to the collapse of a part of a facade of a house.

The earthquake triggered 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 metro 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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