Mexico earthquake: At least three dead after huge magnitude 8 quake hits

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At least three people have been killed after a huge earthquake struck off the coast of Mexico, triggering warnings of tsunamis and damage to the country’s capital.

Buildings shook violently in Mexico City, where people ran into streets as panic swept through the area and large swathes of the city were left without electricity.

The US Geological Survey said the earthquake had a magnitude of 8.0 and its epicentre was 102 miles west of Tapachula in southern Chiapas state. It had a depth of 35km.

But 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.

The US Tsunami Warning System said the earthquake was a potential tsunami 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.

The governor of the Mexican state of Chiapas said that at least three people had been killed in his region. 

He said the deaths occured in San Cristobal de las Casas. He also said the quake damaged hospitals and schools.


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