7.1 magnitude earthquake kills at least one in Mexico

The victim is a man who was killed after a lamppost fell, Tuesday to Wednesday night in the southeast of the country.

An earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale struck late on Tuesday, Sept. 7 in southeastern Mexico, the National Seismology Center said. Authorities report at least one death and some damage early on.

“A man died because a stick fell on him in the municipality of Coyuca de Benítez”, in the state of Guerrero (southeast), the county governor, Héctor Astudillo, told TV Milenio.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador clarified in a message that only “stones fell off the walls, same in Morelos (center), no damage in Oaxaca (south), no damage in Puebla (center)” and no damage in Mexico City.

The quake was recorded at 2:47 am (French time) on Wednesday morning and had its epicenter 11 km southeast of Acapulco, in the state of Guerrero, southeast of Mexico, according to the National Seismology Service. So far, three aftershocks have been recorded, the strongest being magnitude 5.

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