Strongest Earthquake For More Than A Century At 8.2 Magnitude Hits Mexico Triggering Tsunami.
A powerful and rare 8.2 magnitude earthquake, said to be the strongest for more than a century, hit southern Mexico on Thursday leaving at least five people dead, including two children, and scientists warning of a tsunami with waves of over 10 feet.
The earthquake hit about 75 miles to the southwest of Tres Picos in the Chiapas state and the president said that it had been the strongest to hit in more than a century.
The seismologic service of the country first said that it was an 8.4 magnitude and if it had have been it would have been the most powerful recorded in the country.
UPDATE: THE EARTHQUAKE HAS BEEN UPGRADED TO 8.2, STRONGEST EARTHQUAKE SINCE 100 YEARS
The earthquake shook much of the country and it could be felt in Mexico City, which is to the far north around 600 miles away from the epicenter.
Many people ran out of their home in just pajamas while buildings were seen to be swaying and trembling. The nation was kept on alert following the earthquake by a tsunami warning along with the risk of aftershocks.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that based on the data that was available widespread hazardous tsunami waves had been forecasted for some of the coasts. It was said that waves of more than three meters above the level of the tide were possible along the Mexican coast, while other countries might see lower waves.
The warning was for the whole coast of Mexico to Central America, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica, Panama and Honduras and south to Ecuador.