Evacuation alarm in Mexico’s capital after quake strikes southern state popular with tourists
The earthquake occurred at 9:20am local time, 30 kilometers southwest of the town of Arcelia in Guerrero, the National Seismological Service said. There have so far been no reports of casualties or injuries as a result of the quake.
Evacuation procedures were launched in the capital, Mexico City.
Located on the Pacific Ocean, Guerrero is a popular tourist destination, hosting such famous resorts as Acapulco, Zihuatanejo, and Ixtapa. The state authorities said that more than 1.3 million visited Guerrero in summer 2017.
A total of 370 people were killed and over 6,000 others injured after Mexico was hit by 7.1 magnitude quake in September of last year.
Its epicenter was in the central Pueblo state, but 220 people died in Mexico City, which is built on a former lakebed, a location that magnifies the effect of earthquakes even if they are located hundreds of kilometers away.