Mexico earthquake.
Mexico earthquake.

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Southwest Mexico on Tuesday night, several outlets reported.

The New York Times reported that at least one person has died.

The earthquake struck about 11 kilometres southwest of the port city Acapulco at around 9pm.

CNN reported that shaking from the quake could be felt a more than five-hour drive away in Mexico City.

At least 1.6 million people were left without power in Mexico City and the states of Mexico, Guerrero, Oaxaca, and Morelos, The Federal Electricity Commission said in a tweet.

At around 1am Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said power was restored to most areas.

Officials in various areas, including Mexico City and Acapulco, said there was no significant damage, the AP reported.

Acapulco Mayor Adela Román said there were gas leaks in many places and people were nervous because of aftershocks.

After the quake, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a tsunami warning for Guerrero state but later said there was no risk of a tsunami.

The US Geological Survey said Mexico has a "long history" of destructive earthquakes and is one of the most seismically active regions in the world. The country is located on top of three large tectonic plates. More than 9,500 people were killed by an 8.0 magnitude earthquake in September 1985. CNN reported that the country was also hit by two earthquakes in September 2017.


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