Magnitude 8.1 earthquake hits Mexico, 5 dead

Published on : Friday, September 8, 2017

mexicoA magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck Mexico, triggering tsunami and warnings for the countries across Central America, killing five people.


Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras and Ecuador warnings have been issued in these areas.


It was the first fatality to occur after the most powerful quake that hit the nation in 1985, with a speed of 119 km south-southwest of Tres Picos mentioned the governor of the Mexican state of Chiapas.


The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued warning in public interest about a tsunami being triggered by an earthquake.


The largest wave recorded till now was 0.7m (2.3 ft) in Mexico.Widespread, hazardous tsunami waves were expected within the next three hours.


Waves between 0.3 and one metres were predicted for the Cook Islands, Ecuador, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guatemala and Kiritabi. Australia, Vietnam and Japan might receive 0.3 metres waves.
The national disaster agency warned the country’s eastern seaboard on alert for  a possible tsunami in the Philippines. Post midnight the earthquake hit Mexico causing buildings to get severely damaged in the south of the country.


It was estimated by the US Geological Survey that the earthquake happened at a depth of 43 miles.


Manuel Velasco, the governor of Chiapas state mentioned that due to the quake many homes were destroyed, buildings and hospitals were left without power.


The current Foreign Office travel advice quoted that a major part of Mexico is subjected to earthquakes. States of Oaxaca and Guerrero are prone to it.

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