7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Mexico, Leaving 1.6 Million Without Power

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A powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico late Tuesday night. The epicenter was located about eight miles to the southwest of Acapulco but could be felt as far away as Mexico City 230 miles away.

Authorities are saying that at least one person is dead, 19-year-old Eliodoro Hurtado, who died in the Mexican state of Guerrero according to CNN. The earthquake has left approximately 1.6 million without power and experiencing phone outages. 

Videos on social media capture moments where power was lost and onlookers were frightened.

More videos show a lightning-filled night sky amongst a tsunami warning.

Other videos show crumbled-up walls on roads and damages to buildings.

The United States tsunami warning system issued a warning for Mexico though Mexican officials later said there was no significant risk of a tsunami as waves were expected to be less than three feet in height.

“There are no serious damages,” President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said in a video posted to Twitter.

Earthquakes are far from unusual on the Pacific side of the country. Just last year a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit the rural state of Oaxaca. Six people were killed in the 2020 quake. In 2017, a devastating 7.1 earthquake struck Puebla leaving 225 people dead in Mexico City. That was on top of a September 7th quake in Chiapas with a magnitude of 8.4 that shook Mexico, leaving over 90 people dead.