Mexico hit by powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake, sparking tsunami warning

A powerful earthquake has shaken buildings in Mexico City and placed the coastal area near Acapulco on alert for a tsunami.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said a 7.0 magnitude quake struck 11 miles (18km) north-east of the resort of Acapulco, Guerrero, in south-west Mexico, sending people running into the street for safety.

The quake shook the hillsides around Acapulco, downing trees and pitching large boulders on to the road, though there were no immediate reports of casualties.

“We heard loud noise from the building, noise from the windows, things fell inside the house, the power went out,” Sergio Flores, an Acapulco resident told Associated Press by phone.

“We heard leaking water, the water went out of the pool and you heard people screaming, very nervous people.”

The USGS said the quake in the early hours of Wednesday was very shallow at only 7.8 miles (12.5km) below the surface.

The US tsunami warning centre said hazardous waves were possible within 185 miles (300km) of the quake site.

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.

The country’s national civil defense said it was conducting reviews for the safety of residents and damage in 10 states.

In Mexico City, 230 miles (375km) away, the quake caused the ground to shake for nearly a minute in some parts of the capital.In the Roma Sur neighbourhood of Mexico City, lights went off and scared residents rushed out, some wearing little more than pyjamas, a Reuters witness said. Residents huddled together in the rain, holding young children or pets, too worried to return to their homes in the dark.

“It was terrible. It really reminds me of the 1985 quake every time something like this happens,” said Yesmin Rizk, a 70-year-old Roma Sur resident.

With Reuters and Associated Press

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