Mexico quake: Tsunami warnings triggered, 5 killed

Mexico quake: Tsunami warnings triggered, 5 killed

At least 61 people have been killed in a magnitude-8.1 quake that struck off the southern coast of Mexico late Thursday, the President's Office said. Besides Mexico, EL Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras and Panama were on alert for the tidal waves.

Five people were killed in an 8.2-magnitude quake off Mexican coast, the largest the country has experienced in the last 100 years, the country's President Enrique Pena Nieto confirmed on Friday.

The president of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto says the natural disaster is the strongest the country has seen in a century.

NOAA reported a tsunami off the coast of Mexico after the quake struck.

Another 200 people were injured, President Enrique Peña Nieto said, as he declared a national day of mourning, BBC reported.

The shock was also felt in the capital of Mexico City, where many people ran out of buildings onto the streets.

The USGS says there have been more than thirty aftershocks, ranging from 4.2 to 5.7 in magnitude. At least 20 people died in Oaxaca state and home collapsed, Governor Alejandro Murat said by phone.




The U.S. Geological Survey initially estimated the magnitude at 8.0 before revising it to 8.1 The Mexican Seismological Agency rated it at magnitude 8.4.

Officials warned of possible tsunami waves of up to 10 feet high, according to NBC News.

The Mexico City fire department told ABC News that there were no casualties.

People said the shock lasted for about dozens of seconds and the windows and beds in some buildings were shaking when the quake occurred.

According to the Associated Press, Juchitan, in the state of Oaxaca, was the worst-hit city, with several fatalities there.

Mexico's seismologic service however gave a magnitude of 8.4, which if confirmed would be the most powerful ever recorded in this quake-prone country.

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