ACAPULCO, Mexico – Shaken residents slept in cars and on the streets of Mexico’s famed Acapulco beach resort early Wednesday, after a powerful earthquake struck the city as a series of loud tremors killed one person.
A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck 11 miles (17.7 km) northeast of Acapulco in southwestern Guerrero state late Tuesday. It damaged the control tower at the beach resort’s international airport, broke down walls at a hospital attending to COVID-19 patients, and triggered landslides and gas leaks.
However, as per initial reports by the authorities, no major damage was caused by the earthquake.
A Reuters witness said that in Acapulco, dozens of cars lined the promenade along the beach, with more joining after a major jolt sometime earlier in the day.
Mexico’s National Seismic Service reported about a hundred aftershocks, including one of magnitude 5.2.
A video shared by local disaster officials shortly after the initial earthquake showed a cloudy sky with lightning flashing as water fell from a mountain swimming pool in the city made famous by Hollywood stars in the 1950s.
In other videos on social media, aftershocks threw goods off shelves and rattled light fittings in people’s homes.
“We were in shock,” said Andrea del Valle, who was sitting on the sidewalk with her partner after exiting a cinema. “There was no earthquake alarm, so we felt it when it was already happening.”
Guerrero state governor Hector Estudillo told local television that one person had died from a collapsed checkpoint in Coyuca de Benítez, a small town west of Acapulco.
At the entrance of a hotel, a large metal pole crushed a car. Officials said the airport remained closed and several roads in the city were blocked by landslides.
President Andres Manuel López Obrador said no major damage was caused by the quake in Guerrero, neighboring Oaxaca, Mexico City or any other region.
Southern and central Mexico is often vulnerable to earthquakes. A big one in September 1985 and two in September 2017 left so many people in the country wondering whether tremors were more likely to hit the month that a government pamphlet was issued to dispel the myth.
“It was absolutely bullshit. It really reminds me of the 1985 earthquake, whenever something like this happened,” said Yasmin Rizk, a 70-year-old resident of Mexico City’s central Roma Sur neighborhood. “I’m not sure we will be there tonight Will sleep.”
The 1985 earthquake killed thousands of people in Mexico City.
A Reuters eyewitness said that in Roma Sur, the lights went out and frightened residents came out, some in little more than their pajamas. Residents gathered together in the rain, holding small children or pets.
Mexico City is about 230 miles (370 km) from Acapulco.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) said Tuesday’s quake, initially measured at a magnitude of 7.4 and later reduced to 7.0, was relatively shallow, just 12 miles below the surface, which would have amplified the effects of the aftershocks.
Mexico City, the contiguous state of Mexico and the states of Guerrero, Morelos and Oaxaca, has affected 1.6 million users, the Mexican state power utility Commision Federal de Electridad said in a statement.
by Uriel Sanchez
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times