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Powerful earthquake hits Mexican Coast

September 8th, 2021 | Tags:
Utility poles fell on vehicles in Acapulco. Photo: BBC

ACAPULCO, Mexico - A powerful earthquake has struck the Pacific coast of Mexico, close to the resort of Acapulco. The magnitude-seven quake was also felt strongly around 370km (230 miles) away in Mexico City, sending residents and tourists spilling into the streets from homes and hotels.

Power cuts were reported in several states and there was damage as the quake shook hillsides around Acapulco. One man was killed by a falling post in the nearby city of Coyuca de Benitez.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that there that there were no reports of major damage across the country. Utility poles fell on vehicles in Acapulco and part of a church collapsed, the AFP news agency reported.

Acapulco Mayor Adela Roman said that the quake sparked "nervous breakdowns" in the city.

"People are worried because there are aftershocks."

She added that "a lot of gas leaks" had been detected in residential areas.

In Mexico City, many scared residents and tourists rushed into the streets in their pyjamas.

"It was terrible. It really reminds me of the 1985 quake every time something like this happens," Yesmin Rizk, a 70-year-old resident, told the Reuters news agency.

"I'm not sure we'll sleep tonight."

A huge earthquake struck the Mexican capital in 1985, killing at least 10,000 people.

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