Deadly 8.1 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Mexico

Lucy Hill
September 11, 2017

A massive 8.1-magnitude natural disaster hit off Mexico's southern coast late Thursday, toppling houses in Chiapas state, causing at least five deaths and causing tsunami waves, officials said Friday.

In the immediate aftermath of the quake, Mexico's government issued a tsunami warning off the coast of Oaxaca and Chiapas, but so far, neither has been impacted by significant waves.

At least 32 people have been killed after a magnitude-8.2 quake struck Mexico, causing a tsunami and warnings for countries across Central America.

The quake was more powerful than the 1985 tremor that hit close to Mexico City and caused thousands of deaths.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto addressed his nation following the most powerful quake to strike in over a century, which left at least five people dead.

The worst-hit states include Tabasco, Oaxaca, and Chiapas were residents are feared trapped under the rubble.

Peña Nieto said at least 200 people were injured and some 260 aftershocks rocked the region.

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People in the capital, Mexico City, ran out into the street in their pyjamas after the tremor shook buildings. Tremors were felt hundreds of miles away, and reportedly lasted for up to a minute in Mexico City.

USGS has also recorded a number of aftershocks in the area, measuring between a magnitude of 4.9 and 5.6.

Four people were reported killed in Chiapas, while two children died in Tabasco state.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said waves of 3.3 feet above the tide level were measured off Salina Cruz.

"Power was cut at least briefly to more than 1.8 million people and Mexican authorities closed schools Friday in at least 11 states to check them for safety", the Associated Press reported.

An estimated 50 million people across the country felt the quake. At least five deaths have been confirmed in Mexico, with the death toll expected to rise.

This quake comes in just as Mexico is warned of Hurrican Katia on its eastern coast.

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