Mexico earthquake measuring 7.0 kills at least one sparking tsunami warning off Acapulco

The 7.0 magnitude quake struck 18 kilometers northeast of the resort of Acapulco, Guerrero, rocking the slopes and toppling trees, creating a tsunami threat that has now ended

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At least one person has died in a major earthquake in southwestern Mexico that triggered a tsunami warning.

The 7.0 magnitude quake struck 18 kilometers northeast of the Acapulco resort in Guerrero, shaking the slopes, toppling trees and sending large boulders onto the road.

Pictures showed broken glass on the floor and cars crushed under falling debris.

The full extent of the damage is not yet known, but experts issued a tsunami warning for the coast that has now ended.

Mexico’s Guerrero Governor Hector Astudillo told local television that a man was killed by a falling post.

He and other authorities had previously said there were no reports of major damage from the quake that caused power outages in several states.

The extent of the damage is not yet known
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Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the earthquake did not cause major damage in Guerrero, the region neighboring Oaxaca, Mexico City and elsewhere.

Acapulco is about 375 km from Mexico City.

In the Roma Sur neighborhood of Mexico City, the lights went out and frightened residents rushed out, some wearing only pajamas, a Reuters witness said.

Residents huddled together in the rain, holding young children or pets, and were too worried to return to their homes in the dark.

Scared residents huddled outside after the quake
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“It was horrible. It really reminds me of the 1985 earthquake every time something like this happens,” said Yesmin Rizk, a 70-year-old Roma Sur resident.

A major earthquake that struck the Mexican capital in 1985 killed thousands of people.

According to an AFP correspondent, power poles fell on several vehicles in Acapulco and the facade of a church collapsed.

Witnesses said it reminded them of a devastating 1985 earthquake
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A tourist from Mexico City who fled with only a bath towel told the agency, “I was taking a bath and suddenly I felt very strong movement and then I was scared and screamed.

“I came with my mother and we are on the 11th floor of the hotel.”

“I’m very scared. I don’t know if I’ll sleep tonight. I’m worried about my daughter. I woke her to take her outside and I didn’t even put on my shoes,” said 49- year old resident Laura Villa.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake, which was originally measured at 7.4 magnitude and later downgraded to 7.0, was relatively shallow, only 20 km below the surface, which would have amplified the tremor effect.

Mexican state energy utility Comision Federal de Electricidad said in a statement that 1.6 million users were affected by the quake in Mexico City, the neighboring state of Mexico, and the states of Guerrero, Morelos and Oaxaca.

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