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6.9-magnitude earthquake shakes Mexico: seismologists

6.9-magnitude earthquake shakes Mexico: seismologists

Agence France-Presse

September 8, 2021 | 10:36am

Map shows the 6.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Mexico

USGS

MEXICO CITY — A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday near the Pacific coast, the National Seismological Service said, shaking buildings in the capital several hundred kilometers away.

The epicenter was 14 kilometers (nine miles) southeast of the beach resort of Acapulco in Guerrero state, the service said.

There were no immediate reports of serious damage in the capital, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said on Twitter.

Bordered by the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, Mexico is one of the most seismically active places in the world, sitting atop five tectonic plates including three major ones.

On September 19, 1985 a 8.1 magnitude quake in Mexico City killed more than 10,000 people and destroyed hundreds of buildings.

On the anniversary of that earthquake in 2017, a 7.1 quake left around 370 people dead, mainly in the capital.

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