Strong Earthquake Has Hit Mexico, Killing At Least Five

An earthquake has struck in the Pacific, just off the southern coast of Mexico, killing at least five people.

The strong 8.4 magnitude quake has also resulted in a tsunami warning being issued for Mexico, El Salvador, Coast Rica, Nicargua, Guatemala, Panama and Honduras, the BBC reports.

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The quake was felt across Mexico, with two deaths being reported in Mexico's Chiapas state, near to the epicentre, which was around 54 miles south west of Pijijiapan. Two more deaths were reported in the Tabasco state.

Guatemala's president Jimmy Morales has also reported at least one death in his country. He tweeted to call for calm while more information comes through:

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Mexican President Enrique Peña has tweeted to say he was in contact with Mexico's centre for disaster prevention.

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This is the most powerful earthquake to hit Mexico in 32 years. in 1985 a quake hit just outside of Mexico City flattening the capital and killing thousands.

Powercuts have been reported around the country as well as widespread damage to buildings. Footage from after the quakes shows people huddled in blankets, streets in darkness and debris and destroyed buildings.

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Chiapas Govenor Manuel Velasco told television station Televisa: "There are damages in hospitals that have lost energy. Homes, schools and hospitals have been affected."

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center have warned that waves "reaching more than three metres above the tide level are possible along the coasts of Mexico". This has led to those living in the coastal areas of Chiapas state being evacuated.

Sources: BBC

Featured Image Credit: USGS

Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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