The most devastating earthquakes of all time

At least one dead after Acapulco, Mexico's resort city, hit with 7-magnitude quake

Stars Insider

08/09/21 | StarsInsider

LIFESTYLE Natural disasters

Every year, thousands of tiny tremors are recorded all over the planet, some of which are so small that they go unnoticed. However, some earthquakes are remembered throughout history for being so destructive that they leave devastating consequences.

A powerful quake rippled through the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, on the night of September 7, killing at least one person, NPR reports. The US Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7, and though it was centered around 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Acapulco, it caused buildings to rock and sway in Mexico City nearly 200 miles (321 km) away.  One person was reportedly killed by a falling post in the town of Coyuca de Benitez near Acapulco. The mayor of Acapulco, Adela Román, said in statement that were were aftershocks, gas leaks, some landslides, fallen walls, and loss of electricity in some places, but other than that no serious damage. 

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