A massive 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico, on Tuesday evening (Wednesday morning in India), near the Pacific resort city of Acapulco.

At least one person died in the earthquake that left behind a trail of destruction in many parts of the country.

The epicentre of the earthquake was 11 kilometres southeast of Acapulco city.

The only casualty reported thus far, took place after a utility pole uprooted and fell on the deceased person.

However, no major damage to property has been reported in the earthquake.

Acapulco Mayor Adela Roman said that the tremor sparked “nervous breakdowns” in the city.

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“People are worried because there are aftershocks,” Acapulco Mayor Adela Roman was quoted as saying by news agency AFP.

According to reports, “gas leaks” have been detected in many residential areas.

Flashes of light were witnessed in the sky in many parts of the country as the earthquake caused damages to power grids.

Mexico is one of the most seismically active places in the world, sitting atop five tectonic plates including three major ones.

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