Powerful Earthquake off Acapulco Triggers Tsunami Warning, Shakes Buildings in Mexico City

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake has struck the southwest region of Mexico and triggered a tsunami warning along the shoreline.

On Tuesday, the earthquake took place approximately 2.5 miles east-north-east of Los Órganos de San Agustín and 8 miles from the Pacific Coast beach resort city of Acapulco, according to The U.S. Geological Survey. The survey also stated that the earthquake's depth of 12 miles.

The Civil Protection Authorities of Guerrero stated that the earthquake, which was initially measured at a magnitude of 7.4, caused rock falls and triggered landslides onto the roads.

The earthquake also shook buildings as far away as Roman Sur, which is a neighborhood in Mexico City, 230 miles away from Acapulco.

"It was terrible," said Yesmin Rizk, a 70-year-old Roma Sur resident, according to Reuters. "It really reminds me of the 1985 quake every time something like this happens."

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum stated that there was no major structural damage at the capital.

Along with the earthquake, the U.S. tsunami warning system reported that there is a potential threat of a tsunami, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck about eight miles away from Acapulco, Mexico. This is a stock photo of a seismograph machine. iStock/Getty

A number of earthquakes have impacted the country of Mexico over the past few years.

In November 2018, a 4.8 magnitude earthquake struck in the Mexican state of California del Norte. The quake was 20 miles below the surface, while the strike was 36 miles southeast of Mexicali. There were no injuries or casualties during the earthquake.

In September 2017, an 8.1 earthquake struck Mexico, killing nearly 60 people. The epicenter of the earthquake was off the coast of Mexico and Guatemala and it struck at a depth of 43.3 miles.

Aftershocks from the quake ranged between magnitude 4.3 and 5.7, which made it the largest earthquake to hit the region in nearly 100 years.

David Galloway, from the British Geological Survey, spoke to Newsweek in 2017 regarding that earthquake.

"A magnitude of 8.1 is a major earthquake, and I'm not surprised there's lots of damage," said Galloway at the time. "I think there will be more reports of people having been killed and injured as time goes on, as we get more information."

"Communications often go down with big earthquakes. So far we've got reports of 15 killed and many more injured, but I expect that figure to rise," Galloway said at the time.

Galloway also stated that the 8.1 earthquake caused buildings to collapse due to the stress from the rocks and aftershocks.

The largest earthquake ever recorded in the region was a magnitude 8.6 in Oaxaca in 1787. Two subsequent earthquakes of magnitude 8 or over were recorded in the 20th century—a magnitude 8.1 in 1932 and a magnitude 8 in 1985. The 1985 earthquake struck near the capital of Mexico City, killing thousands and injuring hundreds of people.

Newsweek has reached out to Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum for further comment.