Cleanup begins after strong earthquake near Mexican resort town of Acapulco: NPR

A couple walk past a taxi that was damaged by falling debris after a massive earthquake in Acapulco, Mexico on Tuesday. The earthquake hit southern Mexico near the resort town of Acapulco, causing buildings in Mexico City to sway and sway, nearly 200 miles away.

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A couple walk past a taxi that was damaged by falling debris after a massive earthquake in Acapulco, Mexico on Tuesday. The earthquake hit southern Mexico near the resort town of Acapulco, causing buildings in Mexico City to sway and sway, nearly 200 miles away.

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ACAPULCO, Mexico — Residents of Acapulco began cleaning up broken glass and chunks of plaster on Wednesday as they bore the full impact of a nearby centered magnitude 7 earthquake that shook most of the south of Mexico, killing one person.

Many people slept outside overnight as more than 150 aftershocks rocked the hills around the seaside destination.

The quake struck shortly before 9 p.m., sending panicked people onto the streets of Acapulco as well as Mexico City, where it shook buildings nearly 200 miles (320 kilometers) from the epicenter.

The US Geological Survey said the quake was centered 17 kilometers (about 10 miles) northeast of Acapulco.

“Fortunately, there was no more damage,” President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Wednesday. “So far only one victim, a young man who was riding a motorcycle and lost his life” in the nearby town of Coyuca de Benitez.

The tremor caused landslides, but major highways were open. Acapulco Airport has suspended operations, but the company that operates it said it plans to resume normal operations by noon.

A man walks near a convenience store on a street covered in debris after a strong earthquake in Acapulco on Tuesday.

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A man walks near a convenience store on a street covered in debris after a strong earthquake in Acapulco on Tuesday.

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Rumors of a possible tsunami caused fear in some low-lying neighborhoods immediately after the quake, pushing some to higher ground, but no warnings were issued and no change in sea level occurred. been recorded.

Silvia Soto Navarrete, who lives in a working-class neighborhood of Acapulco, was troubled Wednesday by cracks in her 70-year-old home. “It was terrifying to see how the walls of my house moved,” she said.

Mónica Menchaca found damage to her bathrooms and other parts of her home. “The repairs are going to be very expensive and I don’t have a penny,” she lamented.

In the tourist area, fallen poles crushed cars in front of hotels. Guests crowded outside, nervous and waiting for the green light. Some were standing in the middle of the beach boulevard with their wheeled suitcases.

Other towns along the coast reported structural damage to buildings, but no loss of life.

Meanwhile, in the state of Hidalgo in central Mexico, crews continued to assess damage from flooding that inundated downtown Tula, when the Tula River overflowed.

At least 16 people died at the local Social Security Institute hospital. López Obrador raised the flood death toll to 17 on Wednesday, but it was not immediately clear where the other flood death occurred.

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