Updated Sep 8, 2021 - World

Deadly quake hits southwest Mexico, shaking buildings in capital

View of damaged cars outside a hotel after a quake in Acapulco, Guerrero state, Mexico on September 7

Damaged cars outside a hotel after an earthquake in Acapulco, Mexico on Tuesday. Photo: Francisco Robles/AFP via Getty Images

At least one person has died after a magnitude 7 earthquake struck near the Mexican resort city of Acapulco late Tuesday — causing buildings to shake over 230 miles away Mexico City.

Details: Power outages were reported in several states and parts of Mexico City following the 12-mile-deep quake, which hit some 2.5 miles from Los Órganos de San Agustín and eight miles from Acapulco, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

  • Hector Astudillo, governor of Guerrero, the state where Acapulco is located, said on local TV that a "falling post" had killed a man, per Reuters.
  • Images shared to social media showed damaged buildings and cars in Acapulco, and there were multiple reports of buildings and power lines swaying in Mexico City.

What they're saying: Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said no "serious damage" had immediately been reported in Guerrero, nor in the nearby state of Oaxaca or Mexico City.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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