Mexico Earthquake Videos Show Widespread Destruction After 7.0 Magnitude Quake Strikes

Videos circulating on social media show the widespread damage after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck near the Mexican port city of Acapulco on Tuesday night, with a force that was able to shake the capital Mexico City, some 230 miles away.

It killed at least one person, authorities said, and Mexican state power utility the Comision Federal de Electricidad said in a statement that 1.6 million users were left without power in Mexico City and the states of Guerrero, Oaxaca and Morelos.

Social media videos showed the extent of the damage. One video that has received more than 31,000 views shows an upmarket hotel in Acapulco, a popular holiday resort, that has seen its wall damaged by the earthquake, with plaster crumbling onto the floor and a pile of cement blocks that have fallen down the stairs as a result of the incident.

Playa Mar #Acapulco #Sismo

— TIEMPOS DE GUERRERO (@TiempoGro) September 8, 2021

Other footage shows that lampposts have fallen and hit cars, while another video shows a fire on the 12th floor of the Bancomer tower in Mexico City, the skyscraper that marks the gateway between Paseo de la Reforma and Chapultepec Park.

Incendio piso 12 torre Bancomer #sismo

— Renata (@JeSuisRenny) September 8, 2021

Other videos show tonnes of power flashes all over the Mexico City skyline as the earthquake rips through the city.

JUST IN 🚨 Power flashes seen in Mexico as powerful earthquake hits the city.

— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) September 8, 2021

Another video shows a living room in Acapulco swaying from side to side as the earthquake hits.

Para que se den una idea, un depto. En Diamante #Acapulco

— Cousin Heidi ➡️ Oso🧸 (@Heidiaca) September 8, 2021

State governor Hector Astudillo said the man who died in the earthquake was killed by a falling post in Coyuca de Benitez, a small town west of Acapulco.

The quake shook the hillsides, causing falling rocks and flinging large boulders onto roads.

People gathered in the streets of Acapulco after the shocks in the Mexican holiday destination.

"We were only just checking into the hotel, so we have all our things with us," Jessica Arias, who was part of a group of eight visiting from Mexico City, told Reuters. "They told us it's still not safe to enter."

"We were in shock," Andrea del Valle told the news agency, who had just evacuated a cinema with his partner. "There were no earthquake alarms, so we felt it when it was already happening."

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake initially measured at a magnitude of 7.4 and later downgraded to 7.0. It added it was only 12 miles below the surface, meaning the shaking was more widely felt.

At first, there were fears of a tsunami, but the civil protection office for Guerrero state said that waves would be below three feet in height.

The last earthquake Mexico had was in Oaxaca in June 2020, a 7.4 magnitude quake that killed 10 people and injured 25 more.

Another 7.1 magnitude earthquake that impacted Mexico City, Morelos and Puebla in September 2017 killed 370 people and injured more than 6,000 more.

The most devastating in recent memory was an 8-magnitude earthquake that hit Mexico City and Michoacán in 1985, killing thousands of people.

Mexico September 2021 earthquake
View of damaged cars outside a hotel after a quake in Acapulco, Guerrero state, Mexico on September 7, 2021. Videos on social media showed widespread damage after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck near the port city of Acapulco on Tuesday night. Francisco Robles/Getty