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Residents evacuate to streets after 7.0-magnitude quake strikes Mexico

Mexico City residents crowd into the streets after evacuating from surrounding buildings during 7.0 magnitude quake that struck 11 miles (17.7 km) northeast of Acapulco, Guerrero on Tuesday night (September 7).

Civil Protection Authorities of Guerrero state said the quake, initially measured by the USGS at a magnitude of 7.4, caused rock falls and landslides onto roads.

The quake shook the hillsides around Acapulco, downing trees and pitching large boulders onto the road.

Hector Astudillo, the governor of Guerrero state, which is home to Acapulco, also said there were currently no reports of serious damage.

Acapulco is roughly 230 miles (375 km) from Mexico City.

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said there were no immediate reports of serious damage in the capital.

In the Roma Sur neighborhood of Mexico City, lights went off and scared residents rushed out, some wearing little more than pajamas, a Reuters witness said. Residents hurdled together in the rain, holding young children or pets, too worried to return to their homes in the dark.

The USGS said the quake was very shallow, only 7.8 miles (12.5 km) below the surface, which would have amplified the shaking effect. 

(Production: Kurt Hall, Paul Vieira, Liamar Ramos)

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