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Friday, 08 September 2017 - 11:09
Update: Mexico earthquake: Death toll risen to 15
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An earthquake described by Mexico's president as the country's strongest in a century has struck off the southern coast, killing at least 15 people.

The quake, which President Enrique Peña Nieto said measured 8.2, struck in the Pacific, about 87km (54 miles) south-west of Pijijiapan.

A tsunami warning was issued for Mexico, with three-metre-high waves possible, and other nearby countries.

Severe damage has been reported in Oaxaca and Chiapas states.

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5 dead and Tsunami waves hit Mexican coast   

The authorities have revised the magnitude of the Mexican earthquake to 8.1. And the quake has felt as far away as Mexico City, more than 600 miles from epicenter

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto told that three people have died in the city of San Cristobal de las Casas, in the southern state of Chiapas.

Earlier, the state's governor gave details on two of the deaths -- the people were killed when a house collapsed.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has confirmed a tsunami wave off the coast of Mexico. The largest wave so far is 2.3 feet, the Tsunami Warning Center said.

This is said to be the strongest earthquake to hit the country since 1985.

It is predicted waves between 0.3 and 1 metres for the Cook Islands, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guatemala and Kiribati.

Waves below 0.3 metres were forecast for countries as far as Australia, Japan and Vietnam.

The tsunami threat to Hawaii was still under evaluation, said the warning centre.

Update:Friday, September 8, 2017

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Tsunami threat evaluates following Mexican earthquake 

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto tweeted, "Civil protection protocols are activated, including the National Emergency Committee."

A Tsunami threat is being evaluated by the Tsunami Warning System.

The Tsunami Warning Center advised the public that tsunami waves could hit within three hours off the coasts of Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and even Ecuador

Update:Friday, September 8, 2017

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8.1 magnitude earthquake hits off southern Mexico coast

A strong earthquake hit off the coast of southern Mexico, near the border with Guatemala, the US Geological Survey reported today.

The quake, which was felt as far as Mexico City and Guatemala City, had a preliminary magnitude of 8.0, it said.

It struck off the Pacific Coast 74 miles southwest of Tres Picos, Mexico. Tres Picos is 600 miles southeast of Mexico City.

A Tsunami threat is being evaluated by the Tsunami Warning System.








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