Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Mexico Rocked By Its Biggest Earthquake in a Century

Mexico Rocked By Its Biggest Earthquake in a Century

The magnitude 8.1 quake hit the southern coast of the South American country but was felt as far inland as Mexico City and Guatemala City.

"Based on all available data, widespread hazardous tsunami waves are forecast for some coasts", the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

Earlier reports said the quake of magnitude 8 on the Richter scale had hit off the southern coast of Mexico.

One of the most powerful earthquakes ever to hit Mexico shook the southern part of the country Thursday night.

Another 200 people were injured, President Enrique Peña Nieto said, as he declared a national day of mourning, BBC reported.

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Southern states of Chiapas and Oaxaca were hit the hardest in an quake which occurred when most people were sleeping Thursday night.

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

At least one person was killed in Guatemala, its President said. At least four people were reported killed in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, government officials said, according to reports.

Mexico and Guatemala are waking up today to widespread damage and dozens of deaths after an quake measuring 8.2 on the Richter scale hit their Pacific coastline in the early hours of this morning.

A tsunami alert issued for the Pacific coast of Mexico "does not represent a major risk", he said. The US Geological Survey has recorded at least 20 aftershocks since Thursday's quake. In 1985, a magnitude 8.0 natural disaster struck the capital, killing thousands of people and damaging thousands of buildings. A massive 8.1-magnitu. Guest of an hotel stand and sit at the lobby after an quake shook buildings forcefully and knocked out power in the area. The governor of neighboring Tabasco state said two children had died, bringing the death toll to fifteen.

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