A 7.1 magnitude earthquake shook central Mexico on Tuesday night, leaving one person dead so far. The tremor occurred at 8:47 p.m. local time, originating 14 kilometers southeast of Acapulco, in the southern state of Guerrero. The governor of that entity, Héctor Astudillo, reported at 10:30 p.m. of a fatal victim in the municipality of Coyuca de Benítez. “Fortunately there is no major damage,” the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, had said at around 10 at night. The head of the Government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, published a video on social networks where she announced the activation of the security protocols. “Three overflights have been made and no damage has been found. I just spoke with the president and gave him this information. We know that there are many places without electricity, I ask everyone for peace of mind ”, he said.
The earthquake that has shaken Mexico, in pictures
Astudillo explained to the local media that the deceased person was crushed by a pole that fell during the earthquake. The civil authorities of Guerrero continue to carry out a review of the affected areas, but have so far warned of landslides on the roads. “We are attentive to their recommendations and pending in case there are aftershocks,” the governor has warned. “We are doing a very quick review. At the moment, in the Acapulco area it has generated a lot of alert, but nothing serious ”, he added. In some coastal areas of that entity, images of cars crushed by beams have been seen. Adela Román, the mayor of Acapulco, has said on the Forum 4 channel that no major damage was recorded, only “blackouts and gasoline leaks that are being addressed.”
“Fortunately there is no major damage. Stones, falls from fences. The same in Morelos, there is no damage in Oaxaca, in Puebla, there is no serious damage in Mexico City. General Sandoval, Secretary of Defense, has made a review in all the military zones, ”López Obrador said through a message posted on social networks. The Department of Civil Protection of the Government of Mexico has made a relay of the situation in the different States of the country. In Guerrero, earthquake protocols have been activated: evacuation of buildings and hotels. In Mexico City “monitoring continues.” The states of Querétaro, Veracruz, Tlaxcala and Puebla have begun conducting inspection tours of the buildings.
Neighbors from different neighborhoods in the Mexican capital notified the authorities about possible gas leaks, complaints that have been addressed by firefighters. A man who resides in the Roma Sur neighborhood commented to this newspaper that on Tehuantepec Street they were checking some buildings for possible gas leaks. In some parts of the city there were cuts in telephone and internet service. Myriam Urzúa, the secretary for Comprehensive Risk Management, has announced that there are three municipalities with partial power outages, and has assured that no hospital in the city has suffered damage. The director of the Mexican Institute of Social Security, Zoé Robledo, has reported that hospitals in the affected states were evacuated, but none suffered significant damage.
Some people who were traveling on line one of the cable bus in the capital were trapped in the transport during the earthquake. “There was a total eviction of L1 from Cablebús and Loop B evicted from L2. There is a lack of electricity supply in the area of Loop A of Line 2. We ask people in cabins for peace of mind. Are you sure. The electricity supply is being resolved Emergency services on the way ”, Andrés Lajaous, Secretary of Mobility of the capital, posted on Twitter. After an hour, the city government announced that the eviction had been carried out in its entirety “without setbacks or damage to facilities.”
This Tuesday’s earthquake occurs on the same day as one of 8.2 in Oaxaca in 2017 that caused a hundred deaths. 12 days later, on September 19, another earthquake, this one of 7.1 shook the capital of Mexico, causing the death of more than 350 people.