Mexico earthquake: Huge magnitude 8 quake hits in central America

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A huge earthquake has 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 left large swathes of the city 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.


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