7.7 earthquake leaves 1.3 million without power and knocks down mobile network

CDMX.- Various regions of the country suffered power outages and damage to the telecommunications and internet network after the 7.7-magnitude earthquake with an epicenter 63 kilometers south of Coalcoman, Michoacán, at 1:05 p.m.

The preliminary number of users affected in the electricity supply according to data from the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) is one million 326 thousand 588, distributed in various states.

The State of Mexico reports 338 thousand 367 affected. Mexico City reports 675 thousand 532 users without electricity. Michoacán also reports 106 thousand 37 affected. Colima with 145 thousand 808 affected and Jalisco with 60 thousand 844.

“After an exhaustive review throughout the country, derived from the earthquake registered this afternoon, an affectation is reported to 9.08 percent of users in the State of Mexico, CDMX, Colima, Michoacán and Jalisco. The service has been restored to 30 percent,” reported the CFE.

In the Capital, the Mayor’s Offices of Gustavo A. Madero, Iztapalapa, Benito Juárez, Iztacalco, Tláhuac, Xochimilco, Venustiano Carranza and Cuahutemoc reported blackouts. Neighborhoods such as Santa María la Ribera, Roma Norte and Sur, La Pradera, Valle Gómez, San Lorenzo, Barrio 18, Letrán Valle, among others, were affected.

Other districts affected were CTM, Culhuacán, Miguel Alemán, Granjas México, Revolución, Simón Bolívar, Lomas Estrella, Viaducto, Calzada México-Xochimilco.

After 2:30 p.m., users reported the return of the power supply in the Nativitas and Portales neighborhoods.

Telcel, A&T, Unefon and Movistar clients reported problems with their telephone line and were cut off for around an hour. After 2:00 p.m., the telephone service began to be restored.

“The Telmex and Telcel networks operate normally. As always when there is an event of this type, there are some cases of congestion due to excess simultaneous calls,” explained the firm owned by Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim.

Meanwhile, the mobile phone company AT&T Mexico reported that its services operate regularly and without interruptions.

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