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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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Sep 7, 2021 - World

Mexico's supreme court decriminalizes abortion

A woman takes part during a demonstration by feminist group Marea Verde to demand the decriminalization of abortion in Mexico. Photo: Rodolfo Flores/Eyepix Group/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Mexico's supreme court on Tuesday declared that it is unconstitutional to penalize abortion, with magistrates voting unanimously to decriminalize the procedure in the country.

Why it matters: Mexico — now the fifth Latin American country to decriminalize abortion — is now the most populous country in the region to allow the practice, the Washington Post reports. The country has the world's second-largest Catholic population, after Brazil.

Mexico's Roe v. Wade

Pro-choice protests in Guadalajara, Mexico, with signs saying, “Maternity will be wanted or it won’t be” and “Take your rosaries off my ovaries,” September 2020. Photo: Ulises Ruiz/AFP via Getty

Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled unanimously this week that abortion cannot be considered a crime, in a decision called “historic” for the heavily Catholic country and reached while its northern neighbor, Texas, is severely restricting those procedures.

Why it matters: At least 850 women have been criminally charged and over 200 of them imprisoned across Mexico in the past two decades because of state laws that impose fines or jail time for abortions and even for miscarriages, according to NGOs.

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Axios AM Deep Dive: America’s murder surge

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images

Homicides rose at the fastest rate in at least six decades last year. This Axios AM Deep Dive, led by Future correspondent Bryan Walsh, looks at the state of gun crime.