Mexico hit by a powerful earthquake

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Mexico is a country in the Americas. A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 8.1 shook the southern part of Mexico on September 8, 2017.  Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, considers this to be the strongest to hit Mexico in 100 years (century).

The earthquake took place underwater. The epicentre was in the Pacific Ocean about 74 miles (120 km) off the southern coast of Mexico.

The Mexican states of Oaxaca and Chiapas lie closest to the epicentre and were the worst hit. The powerful quake damaged buildings as far away as Mexico City, where the iconic Angel of Independence (a very famous monument of victory) swayed on its column. Tremors were felt in neighbouring nations in Central America, such as Guatemala and Belize.

The intense earthquake caused buildings to sway and people to run into the street for safety. Homes and buildings collapsed and millions of people lost electricity. Many people died, and some cities have been damaged.

The Mexican marines, army, police and International Agencies such as the Red Cross  are helping the affected areas and people.

Multiple aftershocks (smaller earthquakes), have been felt. At least, six smaller earthquakes with tremors measuring above 5.0 in magnitude were felt during the next few days.

A tsunami, long, high sea wave caused by an underwater earthquake, was also confirmed in Mexico, with one wave coming in at 3 feet (1 meter), according to a tweet from the National Weather Service’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

 

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