Earthquake of Magnitude 8 Rocks Southern Mexico


An earthquake of magnitude 8.2 struck off the coast of Chiapas, Mexico late on Thursday, shaking buildings in the capital city.

People in Mexico City ran out into the streets after the quake struck. Buildings were shaking by the earthquake which was measured as magnitude 8 and later measured to 8.2. There are fears that Tsunami waves of more than 03 meters (10 feet) are possible along with some coasts of Mexico.

Mexico Earthquake

Tsunami waves of less than 0.3 meters were possible in Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Hawaii, Honduras, Jarvis Island, Nicaragua, the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Palmyra Island, Panama, and Peru. It added that tsunami waves of between 0.3 meters to 01 meters, above the tide level were possible for some coasts of the  Cook Islands, Ecuador, French Polynesia, Guatemala, and Kiribati.

No tsunami warning has been issued for the west coast of US in the earthquake but Mexico is currently also being threatened by Hurricane Katia on its eastern coast. The United States Geological Survey said that the epicenter of the earthquake was about 100km (62 miles) southwest of the town of Pijijiapan, at a depth of 35. The earthquake was the strongest earthquake to hit the country and would be equal in strength to that quake that struck Mexico in 1995 and 1985.

Luis Carlos Briceno (31), an architect, who was visiting Mexico city said that “I had never been anywhere where the earth moved so much. At first, I laughed, but when the lights went out I didn’t know what to do. I nearly fell over.”

The earthquake in Mexico is described as severe. Damage done in poorly built structures. Fall of chimneys, columns, factory stacks, monuments, walls was happened due to the earthquake.


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