Earthquake hits Upstate tennis player’s hometown in Mexico


Ignacio Garrido-Guzman is best known by his peers, coaches, and family as “Nacho.”
Photo by Cierra Mills

Staff Report

Ignacio Garrido-Guzman had finished a match at the Elon Invitational last Saturday when he saw a post on Facebook that his hometown, Oaxaca, Mexico, was rattled with a 6.1 magnitude earthquake.

“I didn’t know about the earthquake until I saw it on Facebook,” Garrido-Guzman said. “I tried to call my family and the phone system was down.”

The earthquake Saturday reportedly did little damage, except for poorly built structures and slight to moderate damage in better-constructed buildings, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

“I was worried about my family and reached my dad the next day by cell phone,” Garrido-Guzman said. “He said the earthquake woke him in the middle of the night. He said the family was OK and their home was not damaged.”

Garrido-Guzman said he is used to temblors that shake his homeland.

Earthquakes in Mexico this month have killed 337 while thousands of residents were displaced and buildings collapsed leaving many uninhabitable.