Magnitude 8 1 Earthquake Strikes Southern Mexico and Central and Guatemala

September 8, 2017

Mexico has suffered its strongest earthquake in a century, leaving at least six people dead, sparking mass evacuations and prompting warnings of tsunamis across the region.

The magnitude 8.2 quake occurred 165km west of the state of Chiapas just before midnight on Thursday local time. Initial waves 1m over tide level were recorded at the Mexican city of Salina Cruz by the Pacific tsunami warning centre. They predicted waves between 0.3 and 1 metres for the Cook Islands, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guatemala and Kiribati.

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