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Magnitude-8 earthquake hits southern Mexico, shakes buildings in capital

In distant Mexico City, the quake was felt strongly and frightened people gathered in the streets

AP | PTI  |  Mexico City 

Map of the earthquake tremors from the epicentre. Screenshot: USGS  website.
Mexico's coast hit by 8.0 magnitude earthquake on Friday. Map of the earthquake tremors from the epicentre. Screenshot: USGS website.

A massive 8-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of southern Mexico on Friday, causing buildings to sway violently and people to flee into the street in panic as far away as the capital city.

The said the earthquake had a magnitude of 8.0 and its epicentre was 165 kilometres west of Tapachula in southern Chiapas state not far from Guatemala. It had a depth of 35 km.


The US Warning System said the earthquake was a potential threat to several Central American countries, including the Pacific coastlines of Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, El Salvador, and Costa Rica. It said the threat was still being evaluated for Hawaii, Guam and other Pacific islands.

Even in distant Mexico City, the quake was felt so strongly that frightened residents gathered in the streets in the dark, often in their pajamas, fearing that buildings would collapse.

First Published: Fri, September 08 2017. 11:35 IST
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