Powerful earthquake strikes southwest Mexico

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Mexico City (CNN)A almighty earthquake struck the southwest of Mexico precocious Tuesday, causing wide shaking arsenic acold distant arsenic Mexico City and sidesplitting astatine slightest 1 person.

The United States Geological Survey said the 7.0 magnitude quake struck 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) east-northeast of Los Órganos de San Agustín, astir 8 miles from the Pacific Coast formation edifice metropolis of Acapulco. It was measured astatine an archetypal extent of 7.8 miles (12.6 kilometers). At slightest 92 aftershocks were recorded, including 1 with a magnitude of 5.2, the Mexican State Civil Protection Secretariat said.

In Mexico City, alarms could beryllium heard soon earlier the crushed started shaking. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration initially issued a tsunami warning, but it was aboriginal called off.

    The lone fatality reported was a 19-year-old antheral named Eliodoro Hurtado, who died successful the Mexican authorities of Guerrero.

      Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said determination were nary archetypal reports of large harm successful the capital, which is astir 231 miles (372 kilometers) from the epicenter. In a station connected societal media, Sheinbaum said that galore radical had mislaid energy and authorities were moving to reconstruct power. The city's metro work said successful a connection that bid services had been resumed pursuing a information review.

      Around 1.6 cardinal customers were estimated to beryllium without energy successful Mexico City and passim 4 states, the country's state-owned inferior service, Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) said successful a statement. CFE said it was moving to reconstruct powerfulness to the impacted regions.

      Earthquakes are not uncommon successful Mexico due to the fact that of its determination astatine the borderline of the North American tectonic plate. Two large quakes struck the state in September 2017, and on September 19, 1985, a magnitude-8.0 temblor killed an estimated 9,500 radical successful and astir Mexico City. That quake near a immense scar connected the city, resulting successful changes successful gathering codes and greater protections against earthquakes.

        President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said determination was nary "significant damage" successful Guerrero state, wherever Tuesday's epicenter is located.

        While superior harm has not yet been reported from the epicenter, Lopez Obrador said authorities did person reports of falling rocks.

        CNN's Karol Suarez and Sharif Paget contributed to this report

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