On late Tuesday, a devastating earthquake has struck the southwest region of Mexico, which has caused widespread tremors reaching as far as Mexico City, except with limited damage.
The Geological Survey of the United States has stated the 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit 2 ½ miles (4 kilometers) east and northeast of the city of Los Órganos de San Agustín, which sits about eight miles away from Acapulco, a nearby beach resort city on the Pacific Coast. The tremors were measured at a primary depth of 7.8 miles.
As far away as Mexico City, alarms began to go off just before the ground started to shake.
The Mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum, tweeted on her Twitter account that there have only been initial reports of minor damages in the capital, which stands around 231 miles (372 kilometers) from the epicenter of the quake. She went on to say that many people were without electricity and that authorities were working hard to get the power back on. The city’s metro transport service chimed in, saying in their statement that train service will resume after having conducted a protocol review because of the earthquake.
A tsunami warning was also issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration after the quake had initially struck, but since then, it was called off.
Because of Mexico’s location at the very edge of the North American tectonic plates, earthquakes are fairly common occurrences. Back in September of 2017, two other major earthquakes struck the country, and on the 19th of September in 1985, an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0 took the lives of an estimated 9,500 people in and around Mexico City. That earthquake left a damaging mark on the city, spurring on reformed building codes and an increased focus on protections against future earthquakes.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, President of Mexico, stated that there was no “significant damage” in Guerrero state, the location of the quake’s epicenter.
While damage reports have not yet come in from the epicenter, the President has stated that authorities did receive reports of falling debris.