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7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Southwest Mexico

A mighty earthquake yesterday night struck Southwestern Mexico near the Acapulco Beach Resort.

The occurrence led to the falling of rocks and the destruction of buildings.

Although no casualties were reported, the 7.0 magnitude quake, shook the hillsides around Acapulco, causing trees to fall and casting huge boulders onto the road.

According to Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the earthquake had not caused major damages in Acapulco’s home state of Guerrero or the neighbouring region of Oaxaca, or Mexico City.

“Fortunately, there hasn’t been serious damage. So far we have no information about the lost human lives.”

Acapulco lies almost 230 miles (375 km) from Mexico City.

An eyewitness confirmed that in the Roma Sur neighbourhood of Mexico City, lights went off.

Alarmed residents rushed out, some wearing little more than pyjamas.

They gathered in the rain, holding young children or pets, too afraid to return to their homes in the dark.

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

By Everlyne Bosibori

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