7.1-magnitude earthquake shakes Mexico

Residents leave their homes due to a 7.1-magnitude earthquake that originated in the port of Acapulco, in Mexico City, Mexico. – EPA pic, September 8, 2021.

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico yesterday near the Pacific coast, the National Seismological Service said, shaking buildings in the capital several hundred kilometres away.

The epicentre was 14km southeast of the beach resort of Acapulco in Guerrero state, the service said.

There were no immediate reports of serious damage in the capital, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said on Twitter.

Bordered by the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, Mexico is one of the most seismically active places in the world, sitting atop five tectonic plates including three major ones.

On September 19, 1985 a 8.1-magnitude quake in Mexico City killed more than 10,000 people and destroyed hundreds of buildings.

On the anniversary of that earthquake in 2017, a 7.1 quake left around 370 people dead, mainly in the capital. – AFP, September 8, 2021.

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