Mexico Raises Tsunami Warning After 7.0 Quake

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warned that tsunami waves are possible on the coast up to 300 kilometers from the epicenter Acapulco after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday.

The quake hit at 6.47 pm, less than 10 miles north of Acapulco.

Acapulco Mayor Adela Román said in a statement that there were landslides, fallen walls, and “many gas leaks in many places.” 

“There are nervous breakdowns, people are worried because there have been aftershocks,” Román said.

Guerero State Governor Hector Astudillo said that a man in Coyuca de Benitez, west of Acapulco, was killed by a falling post.

Mexico City authorities said electricity was knocked out in some neighborhoods but no early reports of serious damage in the city.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said via Twitter the earthquake had not caused major damages in Guerrero, the neighboring region of Oaxaca, Mexico City, or any other areas.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake was initially measured at a magnitude of 7.4 and later downgraded to 7.0. 

On September 19, 1985, a massive earthquake of 8.0 magnitude hit the Mexican capital and killed thousands of people.

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