Magnitude-8.1 Earthquake Hits Off Mexico's Southern Coast

EPA-EFE  Mario Guzman

September 8, 2017-Late Thursday night, a massive magnitude 8.1 earthquake-the strongest to shake the country in 100 years-struck Mexico off the country's southern coast.

The quake hit offshore in the Pacific at 11:49 pm (0449 GMT) about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the coastal town of Tonala in far southern Chiapas state, Mexico's seismologic service said.

Tsunami waves hit the southern coast of Mexico after a magnitude 8.1 natural disaster struck shortly before midnight local time.

The quake triggered a 1-meter-high tsunami, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, but there were no immediate reports of tsunami damage.

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While there were no initial reports of major damage in Mexico City this time, the death toll jumped to at least 26 people in southern states.

NOAA reported a tsunami off the coast of Mexico after the quake struck. Nieto said the quake was the strongest Mexico had experienced in a century, and was felt by 50 million of the country's 120 million citizens. Tremors were felt hundreds of miles away, and reportedly lasted for up to a minute in Mexico City.

The USGS says there have been more than thirty aftershocks, ranging from 4.2 to 5.7 in magnitude. One video posted on Twitter early Friday showed tremors rocking Mexico City's Angel of Independence monument. Widespread, hazardous tsunami waves were possible, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said. Of the total, 45 deaths were reported in Oaxaca, 12 in Chiapas and four in Tabasco, the president said. The U.S. Geological Survey measured it at 8.1 magnitude. "The streetlights started swinging back and forth", said Mayaro Ortega, 31, a resident of the capital's north side who went running from her building.

While on the other hand, hurricane Katrina has strengthened as it heads to the east coast of the country and is now 185 miles east of Mexico.

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