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Earthquake of magnitude 8.4 shocks Mexico

Friday, September 8th, 2017 | World News

A heavy earthquake of magnitude 8.4 has occurred off the coast of Mexico. So far two deaths have been reported, even in the capital Mexico City, the earth has been shaken. Up to 4.20 meters high waves are feared.

The epicenter of the earthquake with a magnitude of 8.4 was located off the Pacific coast in southeast Mexico. The quake occurred in about 19 kilometers deep. Interior Minister Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong has now reported two death tolls in the state of Chiapas.

The earthquakes in the south of the country were also felt in the late Thursday evening (local time) in the capital Mexico City about 700 kilometers away, as well as in the states of Puebla, Veracruz and Guerrero. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a provisional tsunami warning.

Tsunami Info Stmt: M7.8 near the coast of Chiapas, Mexic 2149PDT Sep 7: Tsunami NOT expected; CA, OR, WA, BC, and AK # NTWC- NWS Tsunami Alerts (@NWS_NTWC) September 8, 2017
Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto has announced rapid emergency action. He had ordered immediate crisis meetings of the relevant government agencies "to monitor the situation, evaluate and take action", he told Twitter on Friday morning (local time). He set out for the national disaster center.

 The head of civil protection, Luis Felipe Puente, warned people on the coast of the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas before waves up to 4.20 meters high. At first there were no reports of damage. In Mexico City, the power stations reported numerous power cuts.

# LoÚltimo | Un terremoto de 8 grades en la escala de Ritcher. pic.twitter.com/18USicw9Ry- Manifiesto (@Manifiesto_pe) September 8, 2017
Dangerously high waves could also arise along the coast from Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua to Ecuador, it was said. Information on damage or victims as well as the affected areas were initially not known. Mexico's Interior Minister Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong summoned the National Emergency Committee to coordinate further steps.

The region affected by the earthquake is located on the so-called Pacific Fire Ring, which is repeatedly shaken by violent earthquakes.

In the Gulf of Mexico, the hurricane Katia is currently on the road. A hurricane warning had been issued for parts of the state Veracruz, reports the weatherman Hurricane News. In the east of Mexico, there might be heavy rain and storms on Friday and on weekends.

There has been a severe raid on the coast of Mexico, and people fled the streets. (Source: Claudia Daut / Reuters)

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