Tsunami Warning Issued After Mexico Hit By Strongest Earthquake in a Century

Jason Lock

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Updated 197d ago

The strongest earthquake to hit Mexico in 100-years has struck off the southern coast earlier today, killing at least 33 people and, prompting a tsunami warning for the area.

The quake, measuring 8.1 in magnitude, was situated about 54-miles south-west of Pijijiapan. Oaxaca, home of Mexico's premiere beachbreak Puerto Escondido, and the Chiapas states are reported to have suffered severe damage.

The US Tsunami Warning Center said that “waves reaching more than three metres above the tide level are possible along some coasts of Mexico.” The US Geological Society has confirmed the quake struck at around 11.50pm local time.

Photographer, Edwin Morales who lives at Puerto Escondido told MSW: "Yeah it struck right before midnight. It was a bit sketchy but luckily nothing major happened here at least. Some others areas got a pretty good shock from the shake."

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto said around 1 million people were initially left without power but electricity has since been restored to 800,000 of them.

Chiapas Governor Manuel Velasco said: “There is damage to hospitals that have lost energy. Homes, schools and hospitals have been damaged.”

More as we get it.