Earthquake of magnitude 8.1 strikes off Mexico's Pacific coast

A strong earthquake of magnitude 8.1 has struck in the Pacific off the southern coast of Mexico, killing at least five people.

The epicentre was about 87km (54 miles) south-west of the town of Pijijiapan and at a depth of 70km, the United States Geological Survey said .

 

A tsunami warning has been issued for Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama and Honduras.

The quake was felt in Mexico City, with people running into the street.

The tremors there were reported to have lasted up to a minute.

Two deaths were reported in Mexico's Chiapas state, closer to the epicentre, and two more in Tabasco state.

Guatemala's president also reported at least one death in his country.

Damage was reported to buildings in southern Mexico and in Guatemala.
- BBC-

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