Mexico was hit by a massive 8.1-magnitude earthquake late Thursday. At least three deaths have been reported and the officials have set off a tsunami warning.
The impact of the quake was so strong that it caused buildings to sway violently in Mexico’s capital, more than 650 miles away. Residents fled buildings and gathered in groups out on the street. Some neighbourhoods remained in darkness after electricity was knocked out.
According to the US Geological Survey, the quake struck at 11:49 p.m. Thursday local time, with an epicentre 102 miles west of Tapachula in Chiapas, not far from Guatemala. It was approximately 43 miles deep.
The US Tsunami Warning System said hazardous tsunami waves were possible on the Pacific coasts of several Central American countries, including Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama and Honduras, within three hours.
As per news agency Reuters, the USGS reported several aftershocks, all greater than 5 magnitudes.