8.2 quake jolts Mexico triggers Tsunami; 32 killed

Robyn Ryan
September 11, 2017

The 8.2 magnitude which struck Mexico on Thursday, killed at least 27 people, reports said.

While there were no initial reports of major damage in Mexico City this time, the death toll jumped to at least 26 people in southern states. Because of the location of the quake, tsunami waves also crashed onto the Southern Mexican coast. President Enrique Peña Nieto flew to the region this afternoon to assess the damage and met with officials.

Mexico has been hit by its strongest natural disaster in more than a century, shaking buildings in the capital and killing at least 26 people in southern states.

The USGS has reported multiple aftershocks, including four with tremors measuring above 5.0 in magnitude.

Juchitan, in the state of Oaxaca, was the worst-hit city. Additionally, hundreds of people have reportedly lost electricity as normal life has come to a halt in Southern Mexico.

Nieto said 1 million customers were without power in the immediate aftermath of the quake, but that 200,000 remained without power as of 4 a.m. ET on Friday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Tsunami alert, predicting that waves could reach as high as nine feet along some of the Mexican coast. The U.S. Geological Survey puts both at 8.1 while, though the Mexican seismologists calculate them at 8.2.

Chiapas Gov. Manuel Velasco told television station Televisa the roofs of homes and a shopping center had collapsed in San Cristobal, the New York Post reported.

Mexico sits atop five tectonic plates, with their movement making it one of the most seismically-active countries in the world. "The streetlights started swinging back and forth", said Mayaro Ortega, 31, a resident of the capital's north side who went running from her building.

The quake struck as Hurricane Katia continues to churn in the warm waters of Gulf of Mexico.

Other reports by VideoGamingPros

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER