Powerful quake shakes southwest Mexico

This was the moment a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck southwestern Mexico on Tuesday (September 7).

The powerful quake killed at least one person, according to authorities.

The quake hit 11 miles northeast of the beach resort of Acapulco, downing trees, pitching boulders onto roads and causing power outages in several states.

Tourists evacuated from hotels as aftershocks hit.

In Mexico City, lights went off and residents huddled together in the rain, holding young children and pets.

Guillermo Ramirez was enjoying a play in a theater when he heard an alarm and evacuated with other members of the audience.

''The actors stood still, they froze and they started to get people out, to evacuate the theatre and in the lobby, I felt very dizzy, going back and forward. We headed out slowly towards the street and I saw a lot of cars in the street which was swaying, without stopping.''

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told the nation that the earthquake had not caused major damages.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said Tuesday's quake was relatively shallow, just 12 miles below the surface, which would have amplified the shaking effect.

Mexico's state power utility said in a statement 1.6 million users had been affected by quake in Mexico City and the adjacent states.

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