Aftershocks of a strong Acapulco earthquake make residents of Mexican resorts uneasy


Acapulco, Mexico — Shivering residents slept early Wednesday in the car and on the streets of Mexico’s famous Acapulco beach resort. After a major earthquake that killed a man, a series of strong aftershocks spilled over the city.

A magnitude 7.0 quake struck 11 miles (17.7 km) northeast of Acapulco in southwestern Guerrero late Tuesday. It damaged the control tower at the beach resort’s international airport, cracked the walls of the hospital examining COVID-19 patients, and caused landslides and gas leaks.

However, the quake did not cause major rupture, according to the first report by the authorities.

According to Reuters witnesses, dozens of cars lined up on the seaside promenade in Acapulco, with more cars joining after a major aftershock just before dawn.

Mexico’s National Seismology Service reported nearly 100 aftershocks, including those measuring a magnitude of 5.2.

A video shared by local disaster authorities shortly after the first quake shows a cloudy night sky illuminated by lightning as water flows down a pool on the hillside of a city famous by Hollywood stars in the 1950s. I did.

In other videos on social media, the sway threw belongings off the shelves and shook the lights in people’s homes.

“We were shocked,” said Andrea del Valle, who was sitting on the sidewalk with his partner after rushing out of the cinema. “There was no earthquake warning, so I felt it when it was already happening.”

Guerrero Governor Hector Astudillo told local television that a man had been killed by a fallen post in the small town of Coyuca de Benitez, just west of Acapulco.

At the entrance to the hotel, a large metal pole crushed the car. According to officials, the airport remained closed and several roads to the city were blocked by landslides.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the quake did not cause significant damage to Guerrero, the neighborhood of Oaxaca, Mexico City or other areas.

September shake

Southern and central Mexico are frequently hit by earthquakes. The big one in September 1985 and the two in September 2017 made so many people in the country think that the month might be so quivering that a government pamphlet was published to dispel myths. I urged you.

“It was terrible. Every time this happens, it really reminds me of the 1985 earthquake,” said 70-year-old Yesmin Rizuk, who lives in the central Roman Sur district of Mexico City. “I don’t know if I’ll sleep tonight.”

The 1985 earthquake killed thousands in Mexico City.

According to Reuters witnesses, in Rome Sur, some people were just pajamas, with the lights going out and scared residents rushing out. Residents gathered in the rain and embraced young children and pets.

Mexico City is approximately 230 miles (370 km) from Acapulco.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), Tuesday’s quake was initially measured at a magnitude of 7.4 and then downgrade to 7.0, but it’s relatively shallow, just 12 miles below the surface, and affected by shaking. It is believed to have been amplified.

Mexico’s state power company, Comision Federal de Electricidad, said in a statement that 1.6 million users were affected in Mexico City, neighboring Mexico, Guerrero, Morelos and Oaxaca.

Uriel Sanchez