Earthquake of 8.0 hits off Mexico coast, tsunami may occur in Central AmericaLos Angeles Post-Examiner

Earthquake of 8.0 hits off Mexico coast, tsunami may occur in Central America

News organizations are reporting a massive 8.0 earthquake off the southern Pacific coast of Mexico that could trigger a tsunami throughout Central America and an alert has been issued. The quake occurred about 54 miles southwest of Pijijiapan, Mexico. It was followed by five major after shocks of magnitude 4.9 and higher.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), which monitors, tracks and studies earthquakes, said a tsunami could be possible for Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras and Panama.

The quake was felt in Mexico City, where people went running into the streets. No tsunami warning as been issued for the west coast of the U.S.

Complicating the matter for Mexico is Hurricane Katia, which is in the Gulf of Mexico and could make landfall on Mexico’s eastern coast.

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UPDATE: There were three tsunami waves recorded in Mexico; there was a tsunami wave of 1 meter (3.2 feet) recorded at Salina Cruz, which is in the state of Oaxaca, southeast of Acapulco.

Tsunami waves of 1-3 feet are predicted in Fiji, French Polynesia, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Ecuador, El Salvador and Guatemala.

Top photo is a screenshot of a USGS earthquake map

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