7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Southwest Mexico
MEXICO CITY - A powerful earthquake recently struck the southwest of Mexico, impacting four states. The 7.0-magnitude quake occurred on Tuesday and caused widespread shaking as far away as Mexico City.
According to CNN, alarms could be heard in Mexico City shortly before the ground started shaking, as The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration initially issued a tsunami warning that was later called off.
The United States Geological Survey stated the earthquake struck 2.5 miles east-northeast of Los Órganos de San Agustín, about eight miles from the Pacific Coast city of Acapulco, with a magnitude of 7.0. The quake was measured at an initial depth of 7.8 miles (12.6 kilometers), and at least 92 aftershocks were recorded, including one with a magnitude of 5.2.
Around 1.6 million people were estimated to be without electricity in Mexico City and throughout four states. The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) stated it is working to restore power to the impacted regions.
Serious damage has yet to be reported from the epicenter, however authorities did receive reports of falling rocks during the earthquake.
AndNowUKnow will keep a tab on the newswire as we await this earthquake’s potential impact on Mexico’s growing regions, so keep an eye out for us.