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A powerful magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked the coastal state of Guerrero and Mexico City late Tuesday, Sept. 7, leaving at least one dead in Acapulco and many frayed nerves in the nation’s capital.

There were reported electricity outages across the capital and evacuations for apartment buildings.

Although no serious injuries or structural damages were reported in Mexico City, the quake’s movement was felt in Michoacán, Morelos, Oaxaca and Veracruz, and one person in Acapulco was killed when a collapsed telephone pole crushed the car they were driving in.

The earthquake, which had its epicenter in Guerrero just 14 kilometers from the tourist resort town, occurred exactly four years to the day after the 8.2 magnitude quake that devastated the Isthmus of Oaxaca on Sept. 7, 2017, and just 12 days before the Sept. 19 anniversaries of the devastating quakes that killed thousands in Mexico City in 1985 and 2017.

As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, Mexico’s National Seismological Institute has had reported 92 aftershocks, the largest being of magnitude 5.2.

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