8.1 magnitude of earthquake hits the Southern Mexican coast
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 08-Sep-2017
Mexico City, 8 September: The worse natural calamity hits Mexico shaking the capital city, causing people to flee from the swaying buildings and landing up on the streets. Parts of the city have knocked out lights. A tsunami warning has been issued for Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama and Honduras.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake had a magnitude of 8.1 and its epicenter was 165 kilometers (102 miles) west of Tapachula in southern Chiapas state. It had a depth of 35 kilometers.
Even in distant Mexico City the quake was felt so strongly that frightened residents gathered in the streets in the dark, fearing buildings would collapse.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said in a tweet that he had initiated emergency protocols, including convening the National Emergency Committee.
"This is a large quake. I'm sure that it will be widely felt — and possibly damaging," Randy Baldwin, a geophysicist with the United States Geological Survey, said.
The quake was reportedly felt in Austin, Texas. Mexico is currently also being threatened on its eastern coast by Hurricane Katia.