A TSUNAMI warning was issued after a powerful earthquake struck near the Mexican tourist hotspot of Acapulco on Tuesday night – sparking huge tremors as far as the capital Mexico City 230 miles away.
The United States Geological Survey said a 7.0 magnitude quake struck 11 miles northeast of the resort of Acapulco, Guerrero, shaking hillsides around the city, downing trees and sending large boulders onto roads.
A tsunami warning has been issued after a 7.0-magnitude struck a Mexican tourist hotspot of Acapulco[/caption]
The quake could be felt in the capital of Mexico City, more than 200 miles away from the epicenter[/caption]
Officials said there were no early reports of serious damage or injuries.
The USGS said the quake, initially measured at a magnitude of 7.4, was very shallow, only 7.8 miles (12.5 km) below the surface, which would have amplified the shaking effect.
Based on the preliminary earthquake parameters, a USGS bulletin read, hazardous tsunami waves were possible for coasts located within 300 km of the epicenter.
Sismologico Nacional in Mexico recorded a magnitude 7.1 earthquake in the area at the same time.
According to Reuters, civil protection agencies in Guerrero state, home to Acapulco, said the quake led to rockfalls and landslides onto roads.
In the Roma Sur neighborhood of Mexico City, lights went off and scared residents rushed out, some wearing little more than pajamas, a Reuters witness said.
Residents hurdled together in the rain, holding young children or pets, too worried to return to their homes in the dark.
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Horror videos believe to have been shot in Mexico City showed power lines arching and transformers exploding due to the quake – sending beams of eerie light into the skies above the capital, which suffered blackouts across wide areas.
In some parts of the capital, the ground shook for nearly a minute.
There were no immediate reports of casualties, although some neighborhoods were left without power, according to the head of the Mexico City police.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said via Twitter that authorities in the four states that most felt the earthquake told him there were no victims or serious damage beyond some collapsed walls and falling rocks.
“Fortunately there is not serious damage,” he said. “Fortunately, so far we dont have information about the loss of any lives.”
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