7.0-magnitude earthquake strikes Mexico; buildings sway in capital

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck north of Acapulco, Mexico, on Tuesday, officials said.

Buildings in Mexico City swayed, according to The Associated Press. There were no immediate reports of major damage. Mexico City is about 180 miles north of Acapulco.

Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said in a video on Tuesday evening that there were no reports of deaths and that the damage appeared to be limited. There were rock slides near Acapulco, he said.

“Fortunately, we don’t have any information about the loss of life at this hour,” he said.

Damaged cars outside a hotel after an earthquake in Acapulco, Mexico, on Wednesday.Francisco Robles / AFP – Getty Images

The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.0, the US Geological Survey said. It was said to be about 20 kilometers deep, or about 12 miles which is a shallow earthquake.

Héctor Astudillo, the governor of Guerrero state, where Acapulco is located, said there were no reports of serious damage, according to Reuters. The Mayor of Mexico City also said there were no immediate reports of major damage in the capital.

Park Royal Beach Acapulco, a resort, told NBC News that it felt the earthquake and that no casualties were reported, but that staff were checking hotels to make sure.

In Chilapa, Guerrero state, a video showed bricks and other materials on the street next to a damaged building.

The earthquake was originally reported at a magnitude of 7.4, which has been revised to 7.0.

This area of ​​Mexico has seen earthquakes of this magnitude before.

There have been eight earthquakes of this magnitude since 1900, USGS geophysicist Jessica Turner said, from 6.5 to 7.6 in 1957.

In some parts of Mexico City, the ground shook for almost a minute, but in other parts of the country the quake was less noticeable, the AP reported. Some people briefly evacuated their buildings, but most went back inside quickly on the rainy night. Several quarters are without electricity, said the mayor.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed.

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