Strong earthquake hits near Acapulco, buildings sway in Mexico City

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Strong earthquake hits near Acapulco, buildings sway in Mexico City

A powerful earthquake struck near the Pacific resort city of Acapulco on Tuesday night, causing buildings to rock and sway in Mexico City nearly 200 miles away.

The US Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 and was centered was centered 17 kilometers (about 10 miles) northeast of Acapulco.

There were no immediate reports from the quake zone.

Acapulco earthquake
A map from USGS shows the earthquake zone around Acapulco on Sept. 7, 2021.
US Geological Survey
A crowd of people gathered outside of a hotel after an earthquake in Acapulco.
A crowd of people gathered outside of a hotel after an earthquake in Acapulco.
Photo by FRANCISCO ROBLES/AFP via Getty Images
Damaged cars outside of a hotel in Acapulco, Mexico after an earthquake on September 7, 2021.
Damaged cars outside of a hotel in Acapulco, Mexico, after the earthquake.
Photo by FRANCISCO ROBLES/AFP via Getty Images

In Mexico City, the ground shook for nearly a minute in some parts of the capital, but was less evident in other parts. Some people evacuated their buildings briefly, but most quickly went back inside on a rainy night.

Mexico City authorities said there were no early reports of significant damage in the city, though they said electricity was knocked out in some neighborhoods.

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