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Powerful earthquake hits southern Mexico

A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake has struck the Mexican city of Acapulco, causing damage and power outages, officials and witnesses say. Shaking was felt as far away as Mexico City but there were no immediate reports of serious injuries.

The earthquake, which struck at 8:47 p.m. local time on Tuesday, was centered just north of Acapulco, a city and major seaport on Mexico’s Pacific coast. The epicenter is about 240 kilometers (150 miles) south of Mexico City.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the tremor measured 7.0 and struck about 12 kilometers (7.5 mi) below the surface, making it a very shallow earthquake. Mexico’s seismological agency, however, put the magnitude slightly higher, at 7.1.

Guerrero Governor Héctor Astudillo Flores said there were no immediate reports of major damage, but footage from Acapulco showed a few buildings which had partially collapsed. The damage, however, appeared to be limited.

Shaking was also felt in Mexico City, where some people fled their home as buildings swayed. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Click here to watch live coverage of local TV channel Milenio.

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