Mexico hit by powerful magnitude-7.0 earthquake, killing at least one
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.
- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said no major damage has been reported in the areas that felt the quake
- The one death reported was in a small town west of Acapulco
- The quake was only 19km below the surface, amplifying the shaking effect that was also felt in Mexico City more than 320km away
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 neighboring region of Oaxaca, Mexico City and elsewhere.