7.1-magnitude earthquake shakes Mexico: seismologists
MEXICO CITY, Sept 8, 2021 (BSS/AFP) - A 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck
Mexico on Tuesday near the Pacific coast, the National Seismological Service
said, shaking buildings in the capital several hundred kilometers away.
The epicenter was 11 kilometers (seven miles) southeast of the beach resort
of Acapulco in Guerrero state, the service said, upgrading its estimate of
the tremor's strength.
The earthquake was felt strongly in parts of Mexico City, sending residents
and tourists spilling into the streets from homes and hotels.
But there were no immediate reports of serious damage in the capital,
Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said on Twitter.
The Guerrero state governor, Hector Asutudillo, told the press that there
were no reports of injuries or serious damage in Acapulco either.
Bordered by the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, Mexico is one of the most
seismically active places in the world, sitting atop five tectonic plates
including three major ones.
On September 19, 1985 a 8.1 magnitude quake in Mexico City killed more than
10,000 people and destroyed hundreds of buildings.
On the anniversary of that earthquake in 2017, a 7.1 quake left around 370
people dead, mainly in the capital.