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Rabu, 08 September 2021

Mexico hit by powerful magnitude-7.0 earthquake, killing at least one - ABC News

A powerful earthquake has struck south-western Mexico near the beach resort of Acapulco, killing at least one man who was crushed by a falling post and causing rock falls and damaging buildings, authorities said.

The magnitude-7.0 quake, which hit 17.7 kilometres north-east of Acapulco in Guerrero state Tuesday night (local time), shook the hillsides around the city, downing trees and pitching large boulders onto roads.

State governor Hector Astudillo told local television that a man was killed by a falling post in Coyuca de Benitez, a small town just west of Acapulco.

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

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the temblor had not caused major damages in Guerrero, the neighbouring region of Oaxaca, Mexico City and elsewhere.

A couple walks past a damaged car and debris.
Residents said they were caught off guard, with no earthquake alarms. (

AP: Bernardino Hernandez

)

In Mexico City, more than 320 km away, the ground shook for nearly a minute in some parts of the capital.

In the central Roma Sur neighbourhood of Mexico City, lights went off and scared residents rushed out, some wearing little more than pyjamas, a witness said.

Residents huddled together in the rain, holding young children or pets.

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

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake, initially measured at a magnitude of 7.4 and later downgraded to 7.0, was relatively shallow — only 19km below the surface — which would have amplified the shaking effect.

Mexican state power utility the Comision Federal de Electricidad said in a statement that 1.6 million users had been affected by the quake in Mexico City, the adjacent State of Mexico, and the states of Guerrero, Morelos and Oaxaca.

Patients die as severe floods hit hospital

Meanwhile, in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo severe flooding has killed 17 people at a hospital, most of whom had COVID-19.

The flooding occurred after torrential rains caused the River Tula to burst its banks, authorities said on Tuesday.

Rescuers in a boat in floodwaters.
Days of heavy rain caused the flooding at the hospital in central Mexico. 

More than 40 other patients in the public hospital in the town of Tula were evacuated by emergency service workers, and an initial assessment showed about 2,000 houses had flood damage, the Mexican government said in a statement.

Hidalgo Governor Omar Fayad told local media that 15 or 16 out of the 17 fatalities were COVID-19 patients.

The media said the deaths occurred when flooding knocked out electricity at the hospital.

Reuters/ABC

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