In Mexico City, the already long-suffering Mexican capital convulsed by earthquakes, another one measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale occurred, and numerous inhabitants remained in the streets for hours during the night of Aug. 7 for fear of aftershocks.
Videos posted on social networks show the general anguish and uneasiness, while explosions occurred in different parts of the city caused by electrical short circuits. It happened at 20:47 local time (01.47 GMT), according to Milenio.
The epicenter was located 8 miles from the Pacific tourist city of Acapulco, in the state of Guerrero, and 30 miles deep. Authorities ruled out any possible tsunamis resulting from the quake.
Its shaking effect had repercussions in 13 states of the country, among them Querétaro, State of Mexico, Oaxaca, Colima, Jalisco, Michoacán, Morelos, Veracruz, Tlaxcala, Puebla and Hidalgo.
The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) reported that the earthquake left more than one million residents in Mexico City without electricity, according to Excélsior.
An official report of possible victims and material damage caused by the earthquake has not yet been made. In a short period, there were 73 aftershocks.
Authorities, including President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, reported that no significant damage had been found, and only one person had died.
The victim suffered a violent blow caused by the fall of a light pole, according to the governor of Guerrero, Héctor Astudillo. The death occurred in the municipality of Coyuca de Benítez.
Mexico City’s Head of Government, Claudia Sheinbaum, confirmed that no damages were reported apart from the power outage.
“I am at C5 with the Civil Protection team; the earthquake we just felt in Mexico City was 2 kilometers from Acapulco. Three overflights have been made and no damage or reports have been found,” she said.
She added: “I just spoke with the President and gave him this information, we are going to be alert, all protocols were activated and there are colleagues in each of the 16 municipalities.”
For its part, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico asked its citizens to be attentive to the information imparted by the media and local authorities.
“The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recorded a 7.0 earthquake with an epicenter in southern Mexico. We ask citizens to monitor news, follow indications from local authorities and contact loved ones,” they announced on social networks.
It is to be remembered that exactly four years ago, on September 7, 2017, at 23:49 hours, it trembled with a magnitude 8.2. The epicenter was in the Gulf of Tehuantepec, 133 kilometers southwest of Pijijiapan, Chiapas.
This earthquake also had repercussions in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Belize. In Mexico, 482 aftershocks were recorded two days later. The death toll reached 370 dead and 7,289 injured.
Similarly, on September 19, 1985, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico City killed more than 10,000 people and destroyed hundreds of buildings.