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Acapulco continues with cleanup after 7.1 earthquake

Acapulco, Guerrero — Clean up continues around the epicenter of the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that rocked the city of Acapulco Tuesday night. Guerrero governor Héctor Astudillo says their biggest challenge has been clearing the roads of large boulders that broke loose from hills and mountainous areas during the quake.

He reported that state workers continue with the cutting and removal work. “Landslides and rocks are reported on the Autopista del Sol, Tierra Colorada-Ayutla and Tierra Colorada-Xaltianguis highway, all of which are already being addressed,” he said.

Personnel from the Commission of Highway and Airport Infrastructure of the State of Guerrero are also working on the removal of boulders and dirt that hampered traffic along state highways.

Government officials also reported more than 50 patients who were in the new General Health Hospital in Renacimiento were evacuated from the facilities and transferred to temporary tents while Civil Protection evaluated the hospital for damage. Authorities reported that there are no structural damage, so medical personnel were able to return patients to the hospital.

On Tuesday, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit near the city of Acapulco just before 9:00 p.m. Several large aftershocks were felt into the night and the next morning. One person was reported killed and more than 1.8 million left without power in the 81 affect municipalities.