A major earthquake hit Acapulco, Mexico, just moments ago on Tuesday, March 20. According to the United States Geological Survey, the Acapulco earthquake was a magnitude of 7.6 on the Richter scale.
Acapulco is located on Mexico’s Pacific coast and, although the earthquake should not cause a widespread tsunami, there is said to be a “possibility of some local tsunami effects,” according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
The epicenter of the quake was located to be at 15 miles east of Ometepec in Guerrero state; the depth, 10.9 miles. No damage has been reported in Oaxaca, near Ometepec, at this time.
Residents of Mexico City felt the Acapulco earthquake and reported shaking buildings.
Lauren Jelencovich, a United States musician currently in Mexico on tour with Yanni, posted the following to her public Facebook profile:
“WOW!! 7.7 earthquake here in Mexico City!!! The whole hotel was shaking and swaying!!! Craziness!!! We are all okay, thank goodness!”
According to CNN, Mexican President Felipe Calderon went to his Twitter page and “said that there were no immediate reports of serious damage.” Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard also tweeted, “saying that there was no visible damage in the capital and that the sprawling city’s strategic services and water system were functioning.”
Earthquakes can certainly be frightening – especially large quakes like this Acapulco earthquake. As everyone well knows, earthquakes of this size can cause an incredible amount of residual damage. It makes sense that buildings are continuing to evacuate now as a precaution. Perhaps the most frightening thing about quakes is that they can be quite unpredictable. Prayers should be extended to the residents of all cities affected in Mexico and to those who have friends and/or family residing there.